First 5 SLO County works closely with people, programs and agencies to create a connected community of child and family support.
We know that by collaborating with community partners, our collective impact will be greater and more sustainable. We rely on these partnerships to ensure that the spotlight on early childhood remains ever-bright, both now and in the years to come.
3 by 3 Developmental Screening Partnership
A project between First 5 and local pediatricians to integrate recurring early developmental screening, guidance and referrals into well-child visits before the age of 3; at 9 months, 18 months, and 24-30 months. Funded through a grant from SLO County Behavioral Health.
Help Me Grow Centralized Access Point (CAPSLO)
A family resource center and community hub of information, support and referrals to early childhood developmental milestones; designed to support both families and providers.
First 5 CA Kits for New Parents (First 5 SLO County)
Kits for New Parents include a Parent Guide, "What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick" book, baby touch-and-feel book as well as a directory of local community resources and services for young children and families. All in a colorful Talk.Read.Sing. grocery tote!
BABES (SLO County Public Health: WIC)
Babes at Breast Education and Support (BABES) provides breastfeeding education and support for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, including phone support and breast pump loan services. Open to ALL women, not just WIC clients.
Health Access Training Program (Carsel Consulting Group)
Provides professional development, including in-service workshops and training events for professionals who interact with families impacted by low or no insurance coverage, such as family advocates, promotores, early childhood education and care professionals, and healthcare providers.
Oral Health Program Manager (SLO County Public Health)
First 5 loves to see kids with healthy, happy smiles. The Oral Health Program Manager coordinates children’s oral health services, including dental screenings, referrals, and connecting clients with providers.
Tolosa Children’s Dental Center
Having trouble finding affordable dental health care for your children? The Tolosa Children’s Dental Center provides preventive and restorative services to children in the county. (SLO)
Vision Screening and Treatment (Optometric Care Associates – Dr. Doug Major)
If a child can’t see well, it makes it hard to learn. The Vision Screening and Treatment program provides preschool and kindergarten age children with vision screening and referrals for vision impairment and visual development delays.
Talk.Read.Sing. (First 5 SLO County) https://www.first5slo.org/talk-read-sing.php
This public awareness & education campaign encourages early literacy and bonding between young children and their caregivers. Resources, tips and activities can be found on our website, and check our Facebook page for updates on LIVE story times each week!
Little Wings Preschool of Atascadero
Expansion of bilingual inclusion preschool for both children with developmental delays and/or special needs as well as typically developing peers.
California State (CSPP)/First 5 Preschool Program (SLO County Office of Education)
Kids who attend a high-quality preschool are more prepared for kindergarten. CSPP/First 5 Preschools are open to children ages 3-5 living throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Quality Counts/IMPACT SLO
This countywide “Quality Counts” initiative ensures that early learning programs in SLO County are providing the best possible educational opportunities for children 0-5. Partners on the project include the SLO County Office of Education, SLO County Child Care Planning Council, Child Care Resource Connection, Cuesta College and others.
Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit https://www.slofamilyfriendlywork.org/
This online resource is designed to help employers assess their current business practices, explore the many benefits of family-friendly workplace policies, and identify opportunities for change. The site offers a wide array of information and research on best practices, including: Child Care, Accommodations & Support, Flexible Work & Scheduling, Health Benefits & Spending Accounts and Paid & Unpaid Leave. The Toolkit was born from a county-wide "We Are the Care" Initiative to address local child care challenges and seek cross-sector solutions.
Partnership for Resilient Families (The Link & Paso Robles JUSD)
Provides resources and support services for pregnant women, caregivers, and families with children ages 0-5 throughout the North County. The program aims to create early literacy opportunities and develop social connections between parents and supportive family members.
Parent Learning Pods (South County Youth Coalition)
Provides Parent Participation style classes for 8 weeks in four age groups (0-13 months, 13-18 months, 19-36 months, 37 months-5 years) in Spanish and English. The program offers families real-time experiences with their children, fosters a social network for parents, and gives parents age-appropriate information about their children.
Perinatal Mental Health Support Services (Pregnancy & Parenting Support of SLO County)
Provides outreach and support counseling for new parents to address heightened uncertainty, stress and perinatal mood and anxiety challenges. Services are offered through a collaborative partnership with the Community Counseling Center.
Parents Helping Parents
Hearing that your child might have a special need can be overwhelming and uncertain. Parents Helping Parents is a family resource center that provides information, referrals, training, family support, and outreach to families of children with special needs.
(805) 543-3277 (San Luis Obispo)
(805) 461-7415 (Atascadero)
(805) 549-8148 (Grover Beach)
Basic Needs Family Support (CAPLSO)
Provides and distributes basic needs (items & supports) for families with children 0-5.
Family Support Counseling (MP Health)
Provides bilingual mental health and wellness support counseling & education to parents/caregivers with children ages 0-5 in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.