Vision: All children in Inyo County will thrive.
Mission: First 5 Inyo builds the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Inyo County's young children are healthy, safe and ready to succeed.
In November 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the "Children and Families Act of 1998." Its intent was to facilitate the creation and implementation of an integrated, comprehensive, and collaborative system of information and services to enhance optimal early child development, and to ensure that children are ready to enter school and reach their full potential.
The Inyo County Children and Families Commission was created in 1999 by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to carry out the work of Proposition 10 in the county.
First 5 Inyo Commissioners:
- Anna Scott, Chair - HHS Director Designee, HHS Assistant Director
- Jeff Griffiths, Vice-Chair - County Supervisor Representative, District 2 Supervisor
- Amanda Miloradich - Early Child Health Representative, Bishop Indian Head Start Health Advisor
- Darcia Blackdeer-Lent - Health & Human Services Designee, interim HHS Deputy Director of Social Services
- Esther Hampton - Community Representative Alternate, Parent Representative
- Heather Carr - Early Child Educator, Inyo County Office of Education Director of Special Education
- Jennifer Roeser, County Supervisor alternate, District 4 Supervisor
- Josie Rogers - Parent Representative
- Lindsey Ricci - Early Child Health Representative, Bishop Pediatrics
Triple P PARENTING CLASSES
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. Call 873-6453 anytime to get on the waiting list for the next class.
Ages & Stages DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS
First 5 Inyo is committed to giving kids the best start in life. The first five years of life are critical for developmental growth. The sooner a delay or disability is caught; the sooner children can be connected with supports and services that make a real difference. The Ages & Stages Questionnaires are parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screenings to identify delays as early as possible. First 5 Inyo assists in coordinating screenings, connecting families with referral resources, and providing education around child development.
Reach Out and Read LITERACY PROGRAM
The Reach Out and Read program gives young children the foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care, and encouraging families to read aloud together. First 5 Inyo partners with local clinics to provide a book at every well-child check. Ask your provider at your next visit about Reach Out and Read!
CAR SEAT SAFETY
Need help installing your child’s car seat? All families are invited to get a free car seat safety check at First 5 Inyo from our Car Seat technician. Call the office at 760-873-6453 to make an appointment. Low income families who qualify for social services like WIC, Cal Fresh, TANF, etc. may be eligible to receive a free car seat if their current seat has expired, is outgrown, or you need a seat.
First 5 Inyo's Diaper Depot provides diapers, wipes, and cream to families in need. Families receive a small pack of items to help during an emergency or time of stress. Families are welcome to utilize the program twice a month. First 5 Inyo is grateful to our generous community for donating the diaper supplies. Diapers are available for families to pick up at three locations: ( 1)Bishop, First 5 office, 568 West Line Street, (2) Independence, Fiscal office, 155 Market Street, and (3) Lone Pine, Social Services office, 380 N. Mt. Whitney Drive.
First 5 Inyo County Community Grant Fund
Request for Applications Open
RFA Release: May 4, 2022
Application Due: June 3, 2022
First 5 Inyo County Commission Selection: June 23, 2022
Grant Awards Announced: July 2022
Grant Term Begins: August 2022
(upon contract approval by BOS, and contingent upon Board approval for FY 22-23 budgets)
The purpose of the Community Grant Fund is to address impacts of COVID-19 and aid in recovery efforts in Inyo County on young children and their families. First 5 Inyo County hopes this grant fund encourages agency partners to support the well-being of Inyo County children by enhancing existing community resources and connecting early childhood systems of support to achieve sustained positive change for children prenatal to age five and their families into the future.
For fiscal year 2022-2023 the Commission intends to allocate $40,000 for Community Grants. This funding is contingent on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors adoption of the fiscal year 2022-2023 First 5 budget.
Most critically, families need access to high quality childcare. In 2021-2022, 115 childcare slots closed. This funding opportunity will prioritize applications that assist in increasing childcare slots and/or improving quality early learning. Additionally, First 5 Inyo County would like to help fund projects that build family strength in one or more of the five key protective factors.
Triple P Positive Parenting Classes are offered in English and Spanish. Classes range from one-on-one classes to group classes. Whether you want lots of ideas or to focus on a specific issue, there is a class for you.
Classes are offered throughout the year. We will work with your schedule!
Upcoming group class flyers will be posted here. Call the First 5 office to find the class that best fits your parenting needs.
Commission AGENDAS 2021-22
The meeting schedule for fiscal year 2021-22 is: October 28, 2021; January 27, 2022; April 28, 2022; and June 23, 2022.
Anyone requesting information on the agenda OR disability related accommodations, should contact: Serena Johnson, either by telephone 760-873-6453, in writing, First 5 Inyo 568 W Line Street, Bishop CA 93514, or by email at email@example.com.
Family Strengthening Resources
The Team Inyo Community Resources is an engagement tool to connect with resources to help your family. Topics include health, adult services, basic needs and family supports. Resources are searchable by category or key word. If you need help finding a resource or want to provide corrected information, please call 760-878-8559.
Videos: First 5
Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child's name directly to your home. The first book is always the children's classic The Little Engine That Could. Children under the age of five living in Inyo County are eligible to enroll. You will receive your first book eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the covered area.
To sign up, follow the link to enroll online or print a registration form.
Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings
Complete your child's developmental screening from your phone, tablet, or home computer!
This screening will ask you questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social skills. After completing the screening, First 5 staff will contact you to share results and answer any questions you might have.