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:
For information about First 5 Tuolumne County Commission’s activities and funding schedules, contact:
Sarah Garcia, Executive Director at (209) 536-2070 email@example.com
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
(unless otherwise noticed)
and Advisory Committee Members
Legislated County Positions:
Anaiah Kirk, Tuolumne Co. Supervisor. Alternate: Ryan Campbell, Tuolumne Co. Supervisor
Cori Allen, Tuolumne Co. Human Services Agency – CW (Current Chair) Alternate: Rebecca Espino
Dr. Robert Bernstein, Tuolumne Co. Human Services Agency – PH Alternate: Ruth Caldwell, TC HSA – PH
Community Representative Commissioners:
Cathy Parker, Tuolumne Co. Superintendent of Schools
Annie Hockett, Tuolumne Resiliency Coalition
Laura Sunday, Center for a Nonviolent Community (Current Vice-Chair)
-Vacancy (Current Treasurer)
Community Representative Alternates:
Devon Woodruff, Retired Preschool Director
Mayra Patey, Tuolumne County Special Education Preschool Program Specialist
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.
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).