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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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In an effort to do our part to help keep our community healthy and safe from the spread of COVID-19, First 5 Calaveras has suspended all in-person Parent Education classes until further notice. We are offering virtual class options on a limited basis during this transition. 

We will update our website as classes are rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding.

For more information about COVID-19, visit

Training Information

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.

All Strengthening Families Parent Seminars and Workshops are available to Calaveras families with children from birth through 17 years old.

Please see Trainings below or our Event Calendar for more information on events, flyers, and to Register for classes

Foster Training Incentive Program (FosterTIP)

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

FosterTIP Information

FosterTIP Training Verification

Parent Education Classes

No classes are scheduled at this time. Please check back as virtual classes are being added.

Training for Professionals

Professional Training 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.

Currently, West Point Elementary, Mokelumne Hill Elementary, Copperopolis and Mark Twain Elementary (lower grades) are implementing the practice at their respective schools.

What is Mindfulness?

Research and Neuroscience

Just Breathe

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Watch and hear from elementary school students learning to use mindfulness to navigate complex feelings in this short video created by Mindful Schools graduate & filmmaker, Julie Bayer Salzman


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

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

Building a Trauma Sensitive School Community Materials:



First 5 New Parent Guide


Practical information on good health, loving relationships and early learning opportunities.

You may be eligible for

NO COST Parent Counseling

This MHSA-Prop 63 funded program is available to Calaveras County parents with
children ages 0 to 17 years old who are uninsured or have other insurance barriers.

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For program information contact Joyce Peek at (209) 754-6916