Welcome to First 5 Tulare County

2016 Hands-On Heroes Awards Nominations Due by March 4th

First 5 Tulare County  is seeking nominations for the 6th annual Hands-On Heroes awards.  The award honors selfless and passionate support of Tulare County’s children ages 0 through 5. We are seeking to honor both employees and volunteers serving young children from Tulare County.  Those in management or supervisory positions are not eligible for this award.

 A list of prior recipients is provided here.
To download a nomination form for the 2016 awards, click here.
The Hands-On Heroes awards will be presented on April 14, 2016 and additional information will be available at a later date.

Request for Proposals for One-Time Grants Released

A Request for Proposals has been released for One-Time Grants for both Capital Projects and Planning Grants.  An optional Question and Answer Forum is scheduled for February 17, 2016 at the Visalia Wyndham Hotel, Cedar Room. 

Proposals are due no later than 12:00 noon on March 18, 2016.

For application materials, click here.

First 5 Releases Evaluation Report

First 5 Tulare County released its Evaluation Report covering activities for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  The report also includes a summary of activities over the three year grant cycle (2012-2015) for the major programs funded by the Commission.  The report was prepared by Barbara Aved Associates, the Commission's Evaluation Consultant.  For a copy of this report, click here.

Talk, Read, Sing


Habla. Lee. Canta


Save the Children partners to launch Vroom

Save the Children partners with the Bezos Family Foundation to launch Vroom in Tulare County.

Save the Children is a First 5 Tulare County service provider.

What is Vroom?

New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why is here.

turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds.

To download the fee app or get more information about VROOM in English and Spanish, go to www.joinvroom.org.  Contact SaRonn Mitchell to learn how you can help expand Vroom to serve more Tulare County children.

Oral Health Publication

If you would like to order free copies of the oral health publication, Healthy Teeth, Happy Child, please contact our office.

Programs, activities, and services provided or funded by First 5 Tulare County will move our community toward the following results:

  1. Children are mentally and physically healthy
  2. Children are ready for school
  3. Families are knowledgeable and able to promote their children’s development
  4. Services are culturally appropriate, integrated, and collaborative

Why we do what we do:
The children of Tulare County will thrive in safe supportive environments and enter school healthy and ready to learn so that they may grow into adulthood prepared to contribute as valued members of our community. 

What we are here for:

First 5 Tulare County will enhance the early development of Tulare County’s children by providing direct services, funding partner organizations, and strengthening an integrated system of care serving children prenatally through age five and their families without regard to income.

What's New

February 8 - One-Time Grant RFP released
February 15 - Presidents' Day: Office closed
February 17 - One-Time Grant Question & Answer Session
February 25 - Commission Meeting
March 4 - Hands-On Heroes applications due at noon
March 18 - One-Time Grant proposals due at noon
April 14 - Hands-On Heroes awards banquet
April 28 - Commission Meeting
May 3 - Network of Providers Meeting
May 26 - Commission Meeting
May 30 - Memorial Day: Office closed
June 23 - Commission Meeting
July 4 - Independence Day: Office closed

2-1-1 Tulare County

2-1-1 is a non-emergency phone number that connects our community with resources, services and volunteer opportunities. It is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To access this service, dial 2-1-1 from your telephone, or click here to access the website. 
Do you need a quick reference guide for health, education and other services in Tulare County?  Click here for an English and Spanish resource list.

Total Served Since First 5 Inception

Kit for New Parents


For more information, or to
order an English or Spanish
Kit for New Parents -- click here!