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Welcome!

The First 5 Tuolumne Commission provides funding for programs that enhance the health, safety, and development of children, prenatal to age five.

We invite you to attend Commission meetings and learn more about these important investments for young children in Tuolumne County.

Currently, our funding supports:

  1. Dental prevention and treatment services
  2. Training and coaching for early childhood educators
  3. Education and support for parents
  4. Early developmental screenings​

Contact Information
For information about First 5 Tuolumne County Commission’s activities and funding schedules, contact:
Sarah Garcia, Executive Director at 209 536-2070
    sgarcia@tcsos.us
First 5 Tuolumne County, Tuolumne Co. Supt. of Schools, 175 Fairview Lane, Sonora, CA 95370

Meeting Schedule and Agendas
Meetings are held (generally) every other month on the 1st Wednesday unless rescheduled.
See Documents Page for Approved Minutes
Time of Meetings:   1:15 – 3:30 pm
Location:  Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office
175 Fairview Lane, Sonora CA 95370
Room 217
(unless otherwise noticed)

2017-18 Schedule – Coming Soon!

Commissioners, Alternates
and Advisory Committee Members

 Legislated County Positions:
Sherri Brennan, Tuolumne Co. Supervisor.   Alternate:  John Gray, Tuolumne Co. Supervisor
Cori Allen, Tuolumne Co. Human Services Agency – CW   Alternate:  pending
Melissa Parrish, Tuolumne Co. Human Services Agency – PH   Alternate:  Ruth Caldwell, TC HSA – PH

Community Representative Commissioners:
Deborah Bryant, Tuolumne MeWuk Inidan Health Center  (Current Vice Chair)
Marguerite Bulkin, Tuolumne Co. Supt. of Schools  (Current Chair)
Anna Noonan, Parent, Teacher  (Current Treasurer)
​Willow Thorpe, Infant Child Enrichment Services

Community Representative Alternates:
Marcia Williams, ATCAA Early Childhood Services
Laura Sunday, Center for a Nonviolent Community

Advisory Committee Members:
Adrienne Seegers, Columbia College Child Development Instruction Program
Joan Alford, Retired Public Health Nurse
and Commission Alternates

Current Funded Projects

ATCAA Family Learning and Support Services
Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency will receive up to 439,271 over a four year period (FY 15-16 through FY 18-19) to operate a center where parents of young children can come daily to improve their skills in parenting, literacy,  job skills, and healthy living skills, and can be supported in their efforts with infant and toddler care and transportation. The program also has direct links to early childhood education. This project works in close cooperation and with shared resources from Columbia College, Tuolumne County Social Services Department,  Tuolumne County Behavioral Health, Sonora Community Hospital,  and a variety of other community agencies.    The Commission has provided partial funding for this program since FY 01-02.

Infant Child Enrichment Services (ICES) Raising Healthy Families
ICES will receive up to $505,837 over a four year period (FY 15-16 through FY 18-19) to provide home visiting services and parenting instruction to families who have been identified as at risk of child abuse, expanding these services to more families in the community.   The program will also provide a number of age-specific parenting classes to parents with young children throughout Tuolumne County.   The Commission has provided partial funding for this program since FY 01-02.

Social Emotional Learning Foundations Project (SELF)
The Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office will receive up to $465,000 over a four year period (FY 15-16 through FY 18-19) to  administer the SELF Program.  Funds shall be used to promote the social and emotional development of young children.  Activities will include ongoing consultation and training at early childhood education sites, with a focus on implementing elements of the evidence-based tools, curriculum and approach of the Center for Social-Emotional Foundations for Learning and CLASS social-emotional components..  The program will also provide individual consultation for children who have significant social-emotional delays.   The Commission has provided funding for programs that promote social-emotional development since FY 03-04.  Tuolumne Co. Behavioral Health PEI funds provide $10,000 in support.

Smile Keepers Early Dental Prevention and Treatment
Smile Keepers, operated by the Tuolumne Co. Office of Education was awarded $142,030 over a four year period (FY 15-16 through FY 18-19) to provide dental screenings, cleaning and fluoride/varnish treatments to  preschool children, and to provide dental education classes to  expectant parents or parents with children ages 0-5.  The Commission has provided funding for this program since FY 01-02.

Tuolumne Co. Public Health Outreach
Tuolumne Co. Dept. of Public Health was awarded  $110,296 over a four year period (FY 11-12 through FY 14-15) for a half-time public health nurse to provide public health outreach to at-risk pregnant women, newborns, and young children, at partner sites.  First 5 funds are matched with federal Targeted Case Management funds at a 1:1 ratio.   The Commission has provided funding for this program since FY 07-08.

Dental Help Fund
The Commission will provide up to $3,000 during the current fiscal year to provide crisis dental care to young children whose families are uninsured or under-insured.  The Commission has provided funding for this fund since FY 03-04.

IMPACT  
This program, which focuses on improvements in early childhood education, is funded by First 5 California and supported by local leveraged funds and resources.  Teachers are supported with opportunities for professional development linked to the Quality Rating Improvement System  (QRIS) .   (First 5 CA grant supports services at approximately $100,000/year through FY 19-20).