Navigate Up
Sign In

​First 5 Hands-On Health Express Visits Child Development Center

First 5 California’s Hands-on-Health Express will pay a visit to College of the Desert’s (COD) McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center on August 14.
 
The Health Express will have two locations at the McCarthy Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first will be an information booth just inside the entrance for parents to learn more about the First 5 program. Representatives of the program and partners from the Riverside location will distribute English and Spanish Kits for new parents, First 5 California pamphlets, Cal Fresh pamphlets, flashcards, Yummy Tummy Cook Books, calendars, stickers and more. The second area will be in a classroom at the center allowing a hands-on experience for the children and their parents. First 5 play activities include a farmer’s market, photo wall, spin wheel, story time rug, coloring blocks, hula hoops, balls and wands.
 
Families that utilize the McCarthy Center are encouraged to learn more about the program during the on-site visit. All COD students, faculty and staff are welcome to visit the McCarthy Center to learn more about First 5.
 
First 5 California funds programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the critical role they play during a child's first five years. Since their creation in 1998, they supported millions of families with programs and services designed to help more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school — and in life! The promise of First 5 California is to continue to invest in integrated programs and resources designed to benefit three target audiences: the Child, the Teacher, and the Parent. Current efforts focus on the areas of nutrition, early literacy and language development, and smoking cessation, among others. Wherever you live in California, a First 5 county commission is there to help you. These 58 county commissions fund local service providers, health and learning programs, and resources tailored to meet the needs of your family and community.
 
COD has a scholarship grant with First 5 Riverside that funds about 17 children each year for child care services.
 
To learn more about COD’s McCarthy’s Family Child Development & Training Center or COD’s Early Childhood Education Programs, contact Dianne Russom, Director MFCDTC, at 760.862.1308 or www.collegeofthedesert.edu/students/ap/ece/Pages/childcare.aspx.
 
Health Express travels across California to inspire families to eat right and stay active.  For more information about Frist 5 visit www.first5california.com.