FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER
Last month, the First 5 Yolo organization awarded $40,000 in mini-grants to organizations supporting children 0 to 5 in local communities.
“We received 26 requests for more than $111,775 in funding,” said Yolo County Supervisor and First 5 Yolo Chair, Don Saylor in a First 5 Yolo press release. “Each proposal demonstrated a serious need in our communities. Since we couldn’t fund everything, we prioritized the proposals based on the greatest positive long-term impact for Yolo county children and families.”
First 5 Yolo awarded funds to12 projects for a total of $40,000. Each organization received full or partial funding of their request up to $5,000 per project.
The largest amount of money, $17,610, will be used to finance programs meant to help prepare young children to be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. Successful proposals include programs by Sutter Davis Pediatrics Reach out and Read Program, Yolo County Library Celebration Dia de los Ninos/Libros, Woodland Library Books for Babies, First Steps Infant Program Carolina Curriculum Training, and the Northern California Children’s Therapy Center Communication/Collaboration Project.
Five organizations were granted a total of $12,740 to improve the social and emotional health for young children, including the Yolo County Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center for a conference to increase foundational knowledge of child abuse, early child development and interviewing the very young. In addition, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center was funded for a program on protecting and raising children; the Yolo Family Service Agency’s Partnership for Early Access was funded; EMQ Families First received funds for staff training on the effects of drug exposure on children; and the Yolo Wayfarer Center was funded to increase staff capacity for providing skilled interventions to help reduce the distress children experience when their families are facing homelessness.
Programs funded to improve the physical health of young children include a preschool hearing screening program by the Hearing Loss Association, Woodland Chapter; and the City of West Sacramento Parks and Community Services for a Tot-lot Playground in Westfield Village. These programs received a total of $9,650.
For more information about the First 5 Yolo’s mini-grants, contact Julie Gallelo, executive director at 530-669-2475 or go to www.first5yolo.org.
Copyright News-Ledger 2012