Youth and Family Fair coming up on April 21
The 12th Annual Youth and Family Fair is an opportunity for fun, but also learning about how to be healthy.
Last year, thousands attended the annual event held during April for Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. This year's theme is "It Takes a Community to Raise a Child."
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can pursue information from local organizations and agencies on healthy tips and engaging activities. Free activities include face painting, art projects, crafts, games, the Wonder Bus and roller skating. There will be free healthy snacks, educational materials and a chance to register children for preschool.
There will be entertainment from Balle De La Paloma, Little School of
the Redwoods Music and Movement, Tsunami All Stars, and the Tolowa
Dancers and Drummers and Four Square Christian School Bell Choir.
Children can participate in the Cub Scout-O-Rama Pinewood Derby
tournament in the floral building. The first race begins at 10 a.m. and
then will be opened to the public at noon.
Sponsors include the Family Resource Center, First 5, the county
Department of Health and Human Services, Tobacco Use and Prevention
Autism support group for parents, caregivers
Raising Angels Autism Support and Awareness will meet for the first
time April 25 from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at 1303 Northcrest Drive.
Meetings will be held once a month, dates to be determined at the
Raising Angels provides an opportunity for parents, families,
caregivers, friends, anyone with an interest in children with autism, to
share stories and get information about the disorder.
This will be a place to vent, share autism facts, discuss the
difficulties of raising a child with autism or autism spectrum
disorders, get information, advocate and network. There will be guest
speakers , activities and snacks.
Child care will not be provided at the first meeting, and it's not
advised to bring children. For more information call Tara Animashaun at
951-8342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
VISTA positions supporting children's health open
There are three Americorps VISTA positions available in Del Norte
County to be part of the First 5 Service Corps.
Applicants must be over 18, computer literate, creative, committed to
community service, and highly motivated.
To be an Americorps VISTA is one year commitment with living
allowance, housing stipend, health care, and childcare.
andbull;andensp;Early Child Nutrition and Healthy Development Coordinator - Working
under the under the Del Norte Family Resource Center, the VISTA will
support a community partnership effort to expand a Rethink Your Drink
campaign for 0-5 year olds that connects the work to partners working
with older children and youth. The coordinator will spearhead work to
promote the importance of breastfeeding, access to water and healthy
foods focusing on childcare and preschool environments, organize
community meetings to find champions to support the work, connect
interested parents and organizations to the Birth and Beyond
childbirth and new baby education classes, and support efforts to
identify and move forward policy recommendations.
andbull;andensp;Research Associate, Early Education and Development -Working under
the Del Norte Local Child Care Planning Council, the VISTA will support
the healthy growth and development of Del Norte children 0-5. Help to
inform parents, local businesses, and community leaders about the
importance of quality early learning opportunities for all children and
how those experiences impact the local economy and family stability;
assist in completing a county-wide strategic Child Care Plan.
andbull; Healthy Native Youth and Family Coordinator - Working with
residents in Yurok communities on creating healthier outcomes for
children and families, the cordinator will focus on building sustainable
youth mentoring efforts through research, community engagement,
strategic planning, fund development, coalition building and issue
Apply by April 23. To apply, visit www.americorps.gov/about
For more information, call the Del Norte Family Resource Center at
707-464-5500. Positions begin on July 16.
Nurse-Family Partnership expands into Del Norte
An additional 100 new moms will soon be able to participate in a home
visitation program that has been successfully operating in Humboldt
County for nearly three years.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors recently voted to approve
contracts with Del Norte and Siskiyou counties that expand the
Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Nurse-Family
The Nurse-Family Partnership matches first-time moms with nurse home
visitors. The weekly home visits begin early in a mother's pregnancy and
continue until a child's second birthday. Nurses provide support,
education and counseling on health, behavioral and financial issues.
Currently, five nurses are working with more than 100 women
throughout Humboldt County. Under the new agreement, an additional 50
mothers will participate in Humboldt County and 25 will be added in both
Del Norte and Siskiyou counties.
For more information, call (707)268-2105.
- Del Norte Triplicate