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Parent Kits


First 5 Alameda County partners with community and public agencies to distribute Parenting Kits, free of charge. You can receive free on-going, monthly delivery of Kits or receive a free one-time shipment.


Remember, the Kits are most helpful for parents before the baby arrives.


Agencies and Providers: Are you an interested in distributing parent kits to the families you serve?

  • Click here for First 5 Alameda County’s order form

Parents: Parent Kits can be ordered directly from the state.


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Charla Black-Edwards at 510.227.6917 or


Grantee Directory



EPSDT Referral Guide

Kindergarten Readiness - Translated brochures, Summer Pre-K directory and more available on the School Readiness page.

Ages & Stages developmental checklists



Reporting, Training and more for First 5 Alameda County partners.

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Strengthening Families  

 Core Meanings of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors - English

Core Meanings of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors - Spanish


Parenting Education Information

Resources for developing and evaluating group parenting education programs, as well as, reviews of formal parenting education curricula.


Parent Survey Examples

The F5AC Parent Café Retrospective Pre/Post Parent Survey

The FRIENDS Protective Factors Survey

The Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood’s Parents’ Assessment of Protective Factors Survey

This webpage has additional supporting information for using the FRIENDS Protective Factors survey:

This webpage has additional supporting information for using the Parents' Assessment of Protective Factors:

This webpage lists other evaluation tools by protective factor:



NEW! Summer Pre-K Planning Guide: Developing a Quality School Readiness Program


The Summer Pre-K Planning Guide was created to assist programs that may be considering implementing a summer preschool program. Drawing upon over thirteen years of experience overseeing the implementation of  summer preschool programs throughout eleven school districts in Alameda County, F5AC has created this guide as a culmination of all of the lessons learned in developing a high quality, short-term intervention program that supports closing the achievement gap through intentional, healthy transitions. 






New!  Administration of ECE Coaching Initiatives Manual! Binder Cover


Does your organization or agency currently provide professional coaching in Early Care and Education (ECE)? Or, do you plan to provide coaching services in ECE in the near future?  If so, do you know what is needed to create and implement an effective coaching initiative?


First 5 Alameda County has released a new manual designed for use by managers who are responsible for the creation and oversight of effective coaching initiatives for ECE sites. From assessment to orientation, implementation to evaluation, this comprehensive manual provides step-by-step support to help develop and conduct effective ECE coaching initiatives. Included with the manual are 10 sample documents to help design a coaching initiative for your needs. A free download of the manual is now available from First 5 Alameda County. To download individual chapters of the manual and learn more about the program visit our Quality Child Care page or contact Sujata Bansal at for more information.




12 Things CoverNew! 12 Things Every Child Needs for the Best Start in Life


 Help Me grow now has 8 page, full color booklets available in 4 languages highlighting important tips for parents along with contact information  for Help Me Grow. If you would like to distribute these to parents, contact Help Me Grow at with the number of  booklets you would like and in which languages. Take a peek at the booklet today:


12 Things - English

12 Things - Chinese

12 Things - Spanish

12 Things - Vietnamese


NEW! Tobacco Cessation PostersCEASE Poster


We have newly developed materials informing people of the detriments of smoking along with information on how to quit. These materials are available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. If you would like to request smoking cessation posters or postcards for your agency, please complete the Tobacco Policy Compliance Materials Order Form.


Tobacco Cessation & Education Requirements


The 1998 passage of Proposition10 added a 50-cent-per-pack increase in the state surtax on cigarettes and tobacco products to fund anti-smoking and early childhood programs. In response, the Commission adopted a Comprehensive Tobacco Control Policy. Based on this policy, all contractors are expected to make a good faith effort to:

A. Create and/or maintain a comprehensive smoke-free environment; including adherence to applicable secondhand smoke laws and ordinances

B. Disclose and divest from tobacco related investments

C. Educate clients and staff about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on children as appropriate

D. Provide smoking cessation resources to staff and clients as appropriate


More Information on Tobacco Cessation: