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               First 5 Inyo County

               568 W. Line Street

               Bishop, CA 93514

                EMAIL:  jveenker@inyocounty.us

                PHONE: 760-873-6453
                EMAIL: kdoerring@inyocounty.us
                PHONE: 760-873-5040

Upcoming Events

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

BABY UNIVERSITY - Jan. 6,13,20, & 27

Sign up now for our free 4-week parenting course that covers optimal development for children from before birth through age 3 Tuesdays in January from 6 to 7 PM. Call 873-6453 or email jveenker@inyocounty.us.


Wild Iris offers 8-week co-parenting and  parenting courses. Call 760-873-6601 for more information or to sign up to participate from 3 to 5 PM on Wednesdays starting January 14th.


Free help for imagining and pursuing the job of your dreams! Join Jamie Beck at Alta One Credit Union for this helpful course from 10 AM to 4 PM on Wednesday January 21. Other job aids also available just click on the flyer above for a full list!

Come share what is important to your family or agency with the First 5 Inyo Commission at our next meeting. Contact Jody at least a week in advance if you have an item for the agenda. We traditionally meet the 3rd Thursday of every month at 10 AM, but sometimes this changes due to scheduling difficulties. This month we'll meet at 8 AM on January 22 to facilitate sustainability discussion.


Entire families with at least one child under five are welcome to join us at our monthly story and activity hours from 6 to 7 PM!  This month focuses on the endless possibilities for your child to create fun toys and crafts with cardboard, and the book What Is a Box?


Click here for Bishop Library, here for Big Pine Library , and here for Lone Pine Library story hour flyers! Bring your family and friends! Vengan para una hora de cuentos bilingüe llena de actividades divertidas en la biblioteca pública.

Help support Inyo babies in need! Our summer drive helped several families, so we are continuing to collect diapers of any size, or baby wipes. Donations can be dropped at the 568 W. Line St. office, and groups that are willing to collect diapers from members can

call Kandice at 760-873-5040 or email kdoerring@inyocounty.us for pickup.

Feb 4 is our first session for parents of children ages 0 to 5. You are invited to join us at 568 W. Line in our office for a relaxing support session at 6 PM. Please call Jody to RSVP at 873-6453 so she will have enough blocks to give away to every participating parent.

Bring your entire family to our group block play night at the Senior Center in the back of the Bishop Park at 6 PM. Enjoy free play in a variety of block centers and socialize with friends and neighbors!


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 2014-June 2015 right now:

  • Superintendent of Schools Child Development Division Laugh & Learn Family Home Care Quality Improvement and Bookalicious Library Events, as well as CSP 2 and CARES Plus support.
  • Discovery Point Preschool's Outdoor Classroom project.
  • Lone Pine School District's Family Resource Center, Read & Romps, & Parent Classes.
  • Northern Inyo Hospital's new NEST (Newborn Evaluation & Support Training) program for birthing plans, breastfeeding support, and SIDS prevention.
  • Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County is contracting to offer bilingual family finance classes to help parents with young children learn about budgeting, saving, investing, and more!
  • ASPIRE is a program whose goal is to surround teen parents with mentors, tutors, and peer support to help them reach their educational and parenting goals.

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 Request for Proposals


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 8 AM on Jan. 22 at the Onestop Conf. Rm. in Bishop. Please turn in any agenda requests or Strategic Grant applications the week before to ensure inclusion on the agenda.

You can access our 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 2009-10

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2010-11

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2011-12

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2012-13

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2013-14

Family Intake Form Results 2009-2014

Synthesis of Strategies & Sustainability



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.


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

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


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
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
Baby Touch & Play

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
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

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!



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