Training Information


First 5 Calaveras serves as the lead agency for “Strengthening Calaveras Families” which consists of First 5 Calaveras, Prevent Child Abuse Calaveras, and programs funded under the Behavioral Health Services: Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)

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Funding provided by a
Calaveras County
Behavioral Health Services
Prop 63 Mental Health
Services Act Grant

Call 1-888-787-3654 to enroll in no-cost trainings or Register Online

Parent Education Seminars & Workshops 

Various topics to support parents and guardians in raising children of all ages. Offered in locations across the county and throughout the year.

Targeted Multi and Single Session Workshops

All Strengthening Families Parent Seminars and Workshops are available to Calaveras families with children from birth through 17 years old.  Child care may be provided for children ages 3-12, dependent upon space availability.

Child Care

Head Start Teachers provide quality on-site child care which complements the focus of the parent workshops. Nutritious snack is provided.




"Connecting with Your Child Through Art" facilitated by Autumn Hesser, Teacher/Parent Educator

"Let's Talk Co-Parenting" facilitated by Christine Bitler, LCSW - 3 part series, 8/23, 8/30, & 9/6 @ WPE

"The Nurtured Heart Approach" facilitated by Denise Combs, MFT - 2 part series, 9/18 & 10/2 in Copperopolis

"The Art of Growing and Cooking Healthy Seasonal Meals with Your Kids" facilitated by Autumn & Kevin Hesser, Teachers/Garden Educators - 2 part series, 9/5 & 9/12 @ Calaveras High School Farm

“Mente Sana, Cuerpo Sano, Espiritu Sano” facilitado por Eugene Alliende, LMFT - Para Registrarse llame a Ana Ruth al 754-6875 o aruth@co.calaveras.ca.us

 ** Please see our Event Calendar for more classes and flyers **



  8/21 VSE     8/28 JLE     10/23 SAE     8/18 Series WPE     NHA Copper     9/18 Series CHS


Foster Care Training Incentive Program

Stipend Program for Foster Parents and Kinship Providers to participate in local trainings

Training for Professionals

Provided for Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Supervisors, Therapists, Social Workers and other community professionals.

MINDFUL SCHOOLS: In 2015, First 5 Calaveras in Partnership with Calaveras Unified School District piloted The Mindful School Program for educators and students at West Point Elementary School. The purpose was to offer a neuroscience research based approach to support teacher and student wellness.  In partnership with “Mindful Schools” in Oakland, CA educators completed two 6 week online courses that supported a personal practice followed by a curriculum course for implementation in the classroom. To date, Mokelumne Hill Elementary, Copperopolis and Mark Twain Elementary (lower grades) are implementing the practice at their respective schools/grades.

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences): In 2018, First 5 Calaveras in Partnership with Calaveras County Office of Education and Calaveras Trauma Consortia held "Building A Trauma Sensitive School Community" Workshop with Steve Graner, NME Project Director from The ChildTrauma Academy. The Neurosequential Model in Education was developed by  Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and the ChildTrauma Academy to educate school staff about developmental trauma and how to apply that knowledge in interactions with children whose development has been compromised by adverse childhood experience.            Workshop Materials:     Presentation     Study Guide

Parent Counseling/Coaching











First 5 New Parent Kit


Expecting a baby is an exciting time!

The FREE Kit for New Parents recognizes parents as their child’s first and most important teacher and includes practical information on good health, loving relationships and early learning opportunities. Kits are customized for Calaveras County residents to include local information on services and resources.

Community organizations throughout Calaveras County distribute the Kit to new and expecting parents and their children through age five - some offer parents additional support to expand on its contents.