Welcome to First 5 Tulare County

2016 Hands-On Heroes Awards

The 2016 Hands-On Heroes awards were announced at a banquet held on April 14th in Visalia.  This event honored individuals who served young children from birth through age 5 and their care providers and went above and beyond the call of duty.  First 5 also selected one exemplary service provider to receive recognition.
The winners pictured below are:
  • Outstanding First 5 Provider: Save the Children First Steps to School Success
  • Parent Education/Strong Families: Sharlene Woupio; Parenting Network
  • Early Care and Education: Anita Eidschun; Tulare County office of Education, Clinite Child Development Center
  • Behavioral Health: Nikki Cardoza; Tulare County Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Services
  • Health and Wellness: Paula Serpa, RN; Tulare County Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Services
  • Exceptional Volunteer: Krystal Marie Bartley; Family Services of Tulare County
  • Community Advocate: Deborah Lagomarsino; Read for Life

2016 Hands-On Heroes Honorees

Pictured with First 5 Commission Chair Cheryl Duerksen, PhD, and Chair-Elect Jason Britt, MS.

First 5 Provider - Save the Children Early Steps to School Success

Parent Education/Strong Families: Sharlene Woupio, Parenting Network (center)

Early Care & Education: Anita Eidschun, Clinite Child Development Center, TCOE (Center)

Behavioral Health: Nikki Cardoza, MSW, Tulare County HHSA Child Welfare Services (center)

Health and Wellness: Paula Serpa, RN, Tulare County HHSA, Child Welfare Services (center)

Exceptional Volunteer: Krystal Marie Bartley, Family Services of Tulare County (center)

Community Advocate: Deborah Lagomarsino, Read for Life (center)

Commission Files State Annual Report

The First 5 Tulare County Commission accepted and filed the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 State Annual Report via a formal action at its meeting on April 28, 2016.
First 5 California is required by the California Children and Families Act of 1998 to prepare and disseminate an annual report that includes information from each of the 58 local First 5 organizations.  The report may be accessed by clicking here, and the section about First 5 Tulare County begins on page 54 of this document.

First 5 Releases Local Annual Report

First 5 Tulare County released its Local Annual Report for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  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

May 26 - Commission Meeting
May 30 - Memorial Day: Office closed
June 9 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
June 23 - Commission Meeting
July 4 - Independence Day: Office closed
August 11 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
August 26 - Commission Meeting
September 5 - Labor Day: Office closed
September Retreat - Date to be set
September 29 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
October 13 - Commission Meeting
November 3 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
November 11 - Veterans' Day:  Office closed
November 17 - Commission Meeting
November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving:  Office Closed
December 26 - Christmas: 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!