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EMAIL:  jveenker@inyocounty.us

PHONE: 760-873-6453

Link to About Us Page
Want to know what First 5 CA and First 5 in each county of CA is about? This short video is a great introduction to the importance of early development and how we've been investing in it for the past 15  years! View below:


Click here for information regarding Contacting Us, Commissioners, Staff, Mission, Vision, & Goals, CCFC Background, Strategic Plan, & Bylaws.


Upcoming Events

Click on individual listings below to view or print flyers for free events and services throughout Inyo County.


We sponsor these bilingual storytimes that are designed to engage young children and impart literacy skills! Click above for the Bishop, Big Pine & Lone Pine schedules.


Join us outside the Senior Center at the back of the park from 6 to 7 PM for free stories, games, and crafts to promote literacy and early development!


Help Discovery Point Preschool and Great Steps Ahead raise funds toward creating an outdoor classroom space at a silent auction at 6 PM at the school.


The annual Jamboree next door to the Choo Choo Swap meet has a new flavor and focus this year with all kinds of great services being offered for families of all sizes and ages! Come for some great free info, fun, and prizes from 10 to 1 PM!


Join us from 10 to 11 AM -- our meetings are open to the public. The agenda will be posted here closer to the meeting.


The Alpine, Inyo, and Mono First 5 County Commissions will be meeting together Thursday May 15 from 1 to 3 PM in Mammoth to promote cooperation and share goals and plans. The public is welcome to attend, as well!


Link to Grants and Funding Page
Click here to access information about Grants & Funding . The following grants were approved by the Commission and being contracted for FY July 2013-June 2014 right now:

  • Toiyabe Pediatric Dentist & Free Oral Health Screens for all children (ages 1 to 18) in Inyo County.

  • Superintendent of Schools Child Development Division Laugh & Learn Family Home Care Quality Improvement and Bookalicious Library Events.
  • Bishop Indian Head Start Family Resource Center and Family Resource Fun Nights.
  • Lone Pine School District's Family Resource Center, Read & Romps, & Parent Classes
  • City of Bishop 0 to 5 Swim Lessons & Active Play Scholarships.
  • Northern Inyo Hospital lactation training for a staff nurse to provide breastfeeding support.


The types of grants we fund include both small flexible awards to be distributed througout the year by the Commission, and larger RFP services funded and contracted only once a year.

Strategic Grants - up to $2,500

awarded monthly at Commission Mtngs.

Strategic Grant Workshop PPT
Strategic Grant Application 2011-12
     a) Strategic Grant Scoring Sheet

     b) Non- Supplantation Policy

     c) W-9

Special & Targeted Grants - to $50,000

awarded yearly or by Commission invitation


Special Grant RFP 2014-15

Results from 2014 Needs Assessments

Logic Model Worshop PPT

Link to Media Releases


Lone Pine Literacy Party

Dino-Mite Reader's Theatre

Harvest Festival Healthy Alternatives

GS Troop 332 Wins Book Drive

Labor Day Health Van Fun

Reading Railroad Easter Launch

Reach Out & Read Reaches 1,000

Literacy Trick or Treat Winners


Link to Resources Page
Click here for First 5 California Parent Resources and here for County & State Resources.

If you are expecting a baby, or have a newborn, call us for a New Parent Kit.

You can also stop by our office at 568 W. Line Street, across from the post office, for free Child Development info or to borrow Parenting DVDs.

Pregnancy Tips in English / Spanish

Breastfeeding Tips English /Spanish


  TURN OFF TV and...


What does your family do for fun instead of watching T.V. ? Follow these links to learn more about:TV-Free Fun, & our Screentime Quiz.


Link to Minutes and Agendas Page

Our next Commission meeting will be at  the Onestop Conference Rm in Bishop from 10 to 11 AM on May 5. Please turn in any agenda requests or Strategic Grant applications the week before to ensure inclusion on the agenda.

Click here for past Minutes and AgendasYou can access our 2009-2014 Strategic Plan which we are updating this Spring, or click below on the First 5 Inyo Annual Report presentation you'd like to review:

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2009-10

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2010-11

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2011-12

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2012-13

Synthesis of Strategies & Sustainability



Five Protective Factors

You can get information about the 5 Protective Factors Framework to help prevent child abuse and neglect in our community below:

First 5 Inyo Protective Factors

Inyo Families United Network

Inyo Family Prevention (resources
for school & teenage parents)

Also visit this recently updated local resource guide for contact info in each of the 5 protective factors:

Local Resource Guide 

General Parent Info
24/7 Dad Fatherhood Challenge
10 Ways to Be a Better Dad
Clothes/Toy Exchange -11/2013
Bishop Park Playgroup Contacts
Stroller & Trike Walking Groups
Incarcerated Parent Support


Parents of Babies

First 5 Inyo Classes & Services:

Baby University Bishop
Baby University Lone Pine
Universidad de Bebe –wait list
Baby Touch & Play –10/2013

Daddy's Toolkit Babycare DVD -by request

Also, all 5 Inyo County libraries have been equipped with birthing, baby- proofing your home, and other resource DVDs & books that you can check out for free with a library card.

Online Parent Resource Links:

Expectant Parents
Create a Family Pregnancy Journal

Baby’s First Year Instructional Videos
Breastfeeding Information
Breastfeeding Problems & Solutions
Introducing Solid Foods
Tips for SoothingYour Baby

Car Seat Safety & Installation


Parents of Toddlers

First 5 Inyo Classes & Services:

Monthly Read & Romp Bishop
Monthly Read & Romp Lone Pine
First 5 Inyo Play at Home Booklet

Also Inyo libraries have been equipped with developmental and parenting books & DVDs that you can check out with a library card.

Online Parent Resource Links:

Developing Sense of Self

Building Self Awareness

Teaching About Emotions
Self Care and Daily Routines
Developmental Play
Suggested Toddler Activities

Parents of Preschoolers

First 5 Inyo Classes & Services:

Pre-K University –11/2013
Monthly Read & Romp Bishop
Monthly Read & Romp Lone Pine
First 5 Inyo Play at Home Booklet
Countdown to Kindergarten Booklet

Also, Inyo libraries have been equipped with active movement, early learning, and behavior management books & DVDs that you can check out with a library card.

Online Parent Resource Links:

Love & Logic for Early Childhood
Positive Discipline Tips
Behavior Management
Tools of the Mind Cognitive Strategies
List of Blogs with tips for incorporating
math, science, & literacy into daily play

Reading Railroad

Click here for a Reading Railroad Map or visit the RR depot at our office on 568 W. Line St. in Bishop to choose from over 2,000 FREE BOOKS! Learn about the importance of early literacy for your child's development with:

Engaging Your Baby with Books

Reading Tips for Babies

Reading Tips for Toddlers

Reading Tips for Preschoolers

Book Suggestions by Age Range

The history of how our program has grown is illustrated in these yearly reports:

2010-2013 Reach Out & Read

2009-2010 Reach Out & Read

2008-2009 Reach Out & Read

2007-2008 Reach Out & Read


Link to Projects Page

1) F.U.N. Team - The F.amilies U.nderstanding N. utrition & fitness Team is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting early child health. Join the F.U.N. Team and help us develop strategies to help families stay fit!

2) Healthy Handfuls Newsletter - a fresh dose of early health info delivered free to your email inbox each month! Sign-up to receive our email newsletter, or check out Healthy Recipes and articles from previous issues.

Past topics include :

importantance of fatherhood stats

autism test interventions

outdoor preschool movement

Inyo kids lack early oral exams

child obesity linked to cavities

feel good foods
breast milk differs day to night

advances in autism

strategies for picky eaters

prenatal food predisposition

motor skill development

snacking suggestions

what is early literacy
healthy halloween alternatives

3) Other F.U.N. Team Resources include activities and food suggestions:

Dad-Oriented Recipes

Summer Recipes

Healthy Recipes 2011

Healthy Recipes 2010

Healthy Recipes 2009

Snack Central

Active Summer Games

Rethink Your Drink!
Reconsidre Su Bebida!

        Parent Tools (English)

        Parent Tools (Spanish)

        Beverage Suggestions

    English Poster or Spanish Poster


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