Our Impact: Families - Parenting
Families in Alameda County:
Language spoken at home
Alameda County is one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse counties in the state, with 42.8% of people ages 5 and older who speak a language other than English at home.
In 2010-11 F5AC offered parenting services in English, Spanish, Cambodian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and American Sign Language.
Strong Families: The Significance
Research shows that strong families are critical for children’s development. First 5 Alameda County offers parent education and support groups and parent-child activities to promote parent-child attachments, enhance parenting skills and knowledge of child development, and increase social connection.
Our Successes (2010-2011)
1,059 parent-child activities were offered
1,600 parents/caregivers attended 751 parent education/support groups.
247 of surveyed parents reported they used what they learned
206 of surveyed parents reported the program had a large impact on their family
219 of surveyed parents reported they play more with their child
Examples of what parents are learning:
“I did not know how to talk to my two children… [Now] I spend more time…playing [and] reading [with them], and I have seen a big change in my children’s vocabulary.”
Digital Story: "I don't speak English, how do I help my child?"
by Katherine Chun, Asian Community Mental Health