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First 5 California Partners With Local Counties to Distribute Its Free Kit for New Parents in Asian Communities
[November 14, 2012]

First 5 California Partners With Local Counties to Distribute Its Free Kit for New Parents in Asian Communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

First 5 California, in partnership with local counties, is offering new and expecting parents in California's Asian communities its award-winning Kit for New Parents. This free parenting resource includes practical information on everything from prenatal care through the first five years of life.

Contents include a comprehensive guide for the first five years, a health and illness handbook, a touch-and-feel baby book, and important information on literacy and learning, child safety, nutrition, discipline, developmental milestones, quality childcare and more. The free Kit, valued at $75, is available in four Asian languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese, as well as in English and Spanish.

"Our goal is to ensure that families have the resources and confidence they need to set a strong foundation for their children as they learn and grow," said Reneè Webster-Hawkins, First 5 California's Interim Executive Director. "By providing these Kits, we're able to provide hard-to-reach communities with crucial information on their child's health in their primary language."

"First 5 San Francisco is committed to the well-being of children in our diverse communities and wants to ensure that expecting parents have the tools and local resources they need to raise healthy children who are ready to learn," said Laurel Kloomok, First 5 San Francisco Executive Director.

First 5 California, in partnership with local counties, has distributed more than 3.2 million Kits for New Parents throughout the state since 2001.

For more information or to order a free copy of the Kit for New Parents, please call (800) KIDS-025 for English assistance, Vietnamese (800) 597-9855, Korean (800) 597-9511 or (800) 597-9366 for Mandarin or Cantonese assistance.

About First 5 California

At First 5 California, we fund programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers about the critical role they play during a child's first five years. Since our creation in 1998, we've supported millions of families with programs and services designed to help more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school - and in life. For more information, please visit

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