Programs We Fund
First 5 Alpine allocated the majority of its funding in the 2016-2017 fiscal year to programs that focus on child development.Two grantees, the County Office of Educational andThe Bear Valley Parents Group, have diverse and comprehensive programs that produce outcomes desired by the First 5 Alpine commission.
First 5 Alpine partners with the Alpine County Office of Education to help ensure school readiness for Alpine’s children.
The Early Learning Center (ELC), under the auspices of the Alpine County Office of Education, is the largest grantee and service provider for First 5 Alpine. The ELC pre-school program serves as the framework for Alpine’s School Readiness Initiative. Following NAEYC standards, highly qualified teachers implement developmentally appropriate activities throughout the day. The teachers in the pre-school program complete on-going developmental assessments while working with local kindergarten teachers to help provide successful kindergarten transitions. With the barriers that exist in Alpine accessibility is a challenge for its community members. The Early Learning Center and its collaborative partners are able to provide a central resource center for families with children ages 0-5. Local partners last year helped provide access for all children with oral health and well child examinations, immunization checks, developmental screenings and the delivery of new parent kits.
First 5 funds public recreation group for 0-5 in Bear Valley.
On the western slope of the Sierras lies the remote town of Bear Valley. This ski resort/summer home village holds many challenges for the full time residents who try to serve the varying population. The need of a quality child development program was apparent to the community as the 0-5 population increased. In 2005 the Bear Valley Parents Group, a non-profit organization, partnered with First 5 Alpine to start a drop-in 0-5 playgroup.This program is now under the Alpine County public recreation department and offers a limited recreation programfor 0-5. This program has successfully served seasonal and year round residents with a focus on all areas of social-emotional and cognitive development of early childhood. The program is staffed with professionals who emphasize cultural diversity throughout their curriculum. First 5 Alpine and the Bear Valley Parents Group continue to collaborate on sustainability of the program.