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 2014-19 Strategic Plan


     Reach Out & Read



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               First 5 Inyo County

               568 W. Line Street

               Bishop, CA 93514

                EMAIL:  jveenker@inyocounty.us

                PHONE: 760-873-6453

Upcoming Events

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

If you want to improve your relationship with your children or learn to better manage their misbehaviors, then join a Triple P Parenting Class offered regularly throughout the year:

Triple P Group (Parenting birth to 12)
Triple P Teen (Parenting 12 to 18)

Triple P Pathways (All ages)  




Parents of children from birth to 20 can benefit from this free 8-week class focused on managing stress, anger, and avoiding parent pitfalls. Call 873-6453 to register now. First class is Tuesday June 7 at 6 PM.


Join us in our office for developmental play coaching and toy distribution the first Wednesday of each month! If you would like to benefit from our annual Building Blocks program, schedule a pre-evaluation play session with Jody at 873-6453 to join!


Expectant parents are invited to learn about optimal early development in this 1.5 hour seminar by First 5 Inyo on Thursday June 23. Class starts at Northern Inyo Hospital at 5:30 PM, and as a special bonus,  you’ll also meet the hospital’s NEST Coordinator who can sign you up for free birth planning and support.


The public is welcome to attend our First 5 Inyo Commission meetings which usually occur the third Thursday of every month at 10 AM at the social services building at 912 N. Main St. Agendas and minutes are posted here the week of the meeting, and if you would like to be added to the agenda contact Jody at 873-6453. This month's meeting is a discussion only public hearing focused on First 5 CA's Annual Report.


We have 2 vacant commission seats to fill, and anyone who works in early child health or education, or is a parent of a child birth to 5, is welcome to apply to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors for appointment. Click on the link above to learn more!

We distribute donated diapers of all sizes to help families in need. Please call Jody at
if you have some extras to pass on! Right now we are out of sizes 2-5!


Link to Grants and Funding Page

The First 5 Inyo Commission has decided to focus the majority of its allocation on funding Family Strengthening and Early Child Health programs as primary goals until 2020.

Under the goal area of Child Health:


-Northern Inyo Hospital was approved for a grant from 2015 to 2018 to support early birth and breastfeeding supports at their campus. Contracting is currently under way for both birthing classes and a breastfeeding support group that the hospital will offer.

-Early childhood educators, caregivers, health providers, and families are all welcome to participate in our free online Inyo Ages & Stages screening network that is being developed too.

Under the goal area of Family Strengthening:


-First 5 Inyo is also sponsoring the development of a Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) network to offer community wide parenting education. Agencies who want to participate in training and support are welcome to contact 873-6453.

-Early literacy is a primary predictor of a host of lifelong benefits, both for individual children and the communties they will contribute to in their lifetime. To learn more about our Reach Out and Read, Raising A Reader, and early language acquisition programs email jveenker@inyocounty.us.



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

Also visit this local resource guide for contact info to supports  in each of the 5 protective factors categories:

Local Resource Guide 




Reading Railroad

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


 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.


Rethink Your Drink!
Reconsidre Su Bebida!



        Parent Tools (English)

        Parent Tools (Spanish)

        Beverage Suggestions

    English Poster or Spanish Poster


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, 2014-19 Strategic Plan, & Bylaws.


General Parent Info

Inyo County libraries have been equipped with resources for birthing, baby- proofing your home, and other early childhood books and DVDs that you can check out for free with a library card.

Online Baby 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

Online Toddler Resource Links:

Developing Sense of Self

Building Self Awareness

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


Online Pre-K 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


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 child development info or to watch Parenting DVDs.

Pregnancy Tips in English / Spanish

Breastfeeding Tips English /Spanish

Link to Projects Page


Link to Minutes and Agendas Page

Our next regular Commission meeting will be Friday, June 10, 2016 at theFirst 5 Inyo office at 568 W. Line Street from 4-6 PM.

Minutes for Consent Agenda approval:

June Commission Mtng -

March Special Commission Mtng - Sustainability Planning

January Commission Mtng

October Special Review Mtng

September Commission Mtng

You can access our updated 2014-19 Strategic Plan or click below on the First 5 Inyo Annual Report presentation you'd like to review:

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2013-14

Family Intake Form Results 2009-2014

Synthesis of Strategies & Sustainability






Thanks for visiting our site - email comments and questions to: jveenker@inyocounty.us
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