First 5 Calaveras serves as the lead agency in two Countywide programs.

Strong Start Calaveras

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A quality improvement and rating system (QRIS) for early learning programs. This grant funded program offers incentives for Calaveras child care sites/homes and teachers for quality improvement and continuing education.

Why does quality matter? Research continues to show that high-quality early learning and care programs have a lifelong, positive impact on young children and their families. 

To learn more about QRIS, visit qualitycountscalogoandlink.

If you are a Calaveras child care provider, please contact for more information on how to participate.

Talk Read Sing Calaveras

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Promoting early literacy and books for young children through community partnerships. 

Our Mission:

  • Enhance quality interactions between parent and child.
  • Increase the number of quality, age-appropriate books in young children’s homes.
  • Encourage parents and older siblings to read to their child/sibling 15 minutes per day.

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First 5 Funded Programs

FIRST 5 CALAVERAS is pleased to announce funding for the following programs for Fiscal Year 2017 through 2020 and beyond...

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Building Healthy Kids, Families, and Communities:

Gardens to Grow In engages children 3-5 years old in research based, garden enhanced nutrition education. Parents and teachers participate in nutrition lessons, learn how to maintain classroom gardens, and how to incorporate social-emotional learning into the program. Lessons include a hands-on garden based activity, a link to the importance of eating healthy foods, and tasting something from a garden or local farm. The construction of and/or the improvement of existing preschool/school garden spaces is an integral part of this program, creating access to healthy foods for children and their families.


Calaveras Children’s Dental Project:

The Calaveras Children’s Dental Project, through Calaveras County Office of Education provides dental services including fluoride treatments, screenings and referrals for children birth through five years old. Children with urgent dental needs receive case management and facilitated access to treatment. Parents are given information on early oral health education.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Calaveras:

The CASA program provided by Nexus Youth and Family Services trains volunteers that advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children 0-5 years old who are dependents of the Court. Each advocate acts as a trusted mentor and assists children in receiving appropriate assessments and services, including preschool or early childcare, ensure a concurrent permanency plan is in place, and improves the overall wellness of the children they serve.


Little Leapers Early Literacy Program:

Enroll your children in this program with the Calaveras County Library to increase early literacy/pre-kindergarten reading skills. Families will engage in reading to their young child 15 minutes a day and learn to “unplug” and maintain quality interactions with technology. Early literacy curriculum and resource kits will be available for use in each County Library branch and local family childcare homes.

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Kid’s Farmers Market:

Through The Resource Connection Food Bank, children ages 3-5 years old engage in hands-on learning regarding fruits, vegetables, and healthy nutrition. They prepare a meal with fresh produce and receive the recipe and ingredients to take home to share with their families. Preschool children participate in their own Farmer’s Market and select produce of their choice. Each participant takes home a 20 lb. bag of fresh, in season local vegetables and fruits.

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Quality Improvement Stipend Program:

Through The Resource Connection Resource & Referral, provides stipends for early education professional development and increased quality in family childcare homes.

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S.A.F.E. Self Preschool Program:

The Resource Connection Prevention Team visits local preschools to educate young children in regards to personal safety. Puppets, stories, songs, and art are used to engage children in lessons such as car and street safety, safe touch, feelings, kindness, assertiveness, stranger danger, household safety, and getting an adult for help and support. Parents learn safety skills and strategies to use with their child.

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Raising a Reader Home Visiting:

A Home Visitor from The Resource Connection Early Childhood Programs assists families that do not meet the qualifications for Head Start/Early Head Start and/or those that have other barriers that prevent them from enrolling in local childcare sites in the use of early literacy materials and focused child development resources. In addition to focused curriculum, children receive developmental screenings. Parents receive referrals and resources to access appropriate services for child and family needs.

Gardens to grow in logoCounty Office of Education logo     The Resource Connection logo     Nexus  Logo     Calaveras County seal  Calaveras County Library



The 2019-20 Mini-Grant applications have been reviewed. Approval letters are in process and should be coming soon.

Stay tuned for the official announcement!



Fiscal Year 2019-20 Mini-Grant Opportunities

Funding Available For Activities, Events, and Materials Promoting the Health, Safety, Development, and Well-Being of Calaveras Children.

First 5 Calaveras Mini-Grants (Birth-5 years):   Events –– Playgroups –– Early Literacy–– FCCH Alarms––Physical Activities

Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras (PCAC) Mini-Grants (Birth to 18 years)

Calaveras County Library Mini-Grants (Birth-5 years)

2019-20 Mini-Grant Guidelines adobepdficon

Playgroup Requirements adobepdficon                                                   Physical Activity Requirements adobepdficon                                        Nutrition Guidelines adobepdficon 

2019-20 Mini-Grant Application  mswordicon     adobepdficon                                        2019-20 Mini-Grant Budget Form  mswordicon     adobepdficon

2019-20 Mini-Grant Final Report Forms  mswordicon     adobepdficon         


On-going reviews will be made upon receipt of complete application until funding is depleted.


First 5 Calaveras Mini-Grants –                                                 Joyce Peek (209) 754-6916     emailicon

Prevent Child Abuse Council Calaveras Mini-Grants –           Robin Davis (209) 754-6917    emailicon