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

CASA & Nexus Youth and Family Services

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The CASA program provided by Nexus Youth and Family Services trains advocates for children 0-5 years old who are dependents of the Court.

Strong Start Calaveras

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A quality rating and improvement 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.

What is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)? Click to learn more:

Click for parent and family info

Click for providers info

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  Click the star to see Participating Strong Start Calaveras sites and Ratings!

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Click the link above to learn more about QRIS efforts in California.

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

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - In partner with Calaveras Community Foundation


                                                                       Imagination Library - COMING SOON!


Receive a FREE book every month until your child(children)'s 5th Birthday!


Little Free Libraries

Visit our Little Free Libraries throughout Calaveras!

This section is under construction but will be updated soon!

The Resource Connection S.A.F.E Self Preschool Program


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The Resource Connection Prevention Team visits local preschools to educate young children in regard 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.


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.

Dental Assistance Fund

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First 5 Calaveras will assist with funding for pre-approved moderate to urgent dental services for Calaveras children ages five and under whose families have insurance barriers.