First 5 Yolo invests in programs that ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn.
90% of critical brain development happens in the first 5 years of life. Neural circuits, which create the foundation for learning, behavior and health, are most flexible or “plastic” during the first three years of life. Over time, they become increasingly difficult to change. (First 2000 Days)
This program is run by Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Empower Yolo Center for Families, and RISE, Inc. and focuses on increasing parent/child bonding and parental knowledge and skills. Classes are offered in Clarksburg, Davis, Esparto, Knights Landing, West Sacramento, Winters and Woodland.
Offered in English, Spanish and Russian at Yolo County Libraries and focuses on enhancing early learning by encouraging literacy and socialization. Davis, Yolo, West Sac, Winters, Esparto, Woodland, and Clarksburg.
Enhancement of the Arts – Ark Preschool: Provides arts programming to the classroom including children who are homeless or housing insecure in Woodland.
IMPACT: This county-wide program is provided through a collaboration with First 5 CA and First 5 Yolo. This quality rating and improvement system, implemented by City of West Sacramento, for early childhood education is aimed to increase access to high quality childcare and preschool in Yolo County.
BOOST: Provides classroom support for preschool teachers in Winters to increase their capacity to provide all children—including those with special needs—with a strong start.