The First 5 Years Impact a Lifetime

As a parent, family member or influential adult in the life of a child under age five, you are shaping the future of the world - for better or for worse. 90% of the human brain is formed by the age of five, and many things impact that development along the way. The most important influence? Relationships!

Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)

PCEs are associated with 72% lower odds of having depression or poor mental health overall as an adult.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Children exposed to toxic stress are at an increased risk for lifelong negative health outcomes.

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Positive Parenting & Nurturing Families

There is no such thing as a perfect parent, but EVERY FAMILY can learn new skills and improve life at home.

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Concrete Support for Families

Local resources are available!

Access to childcare, health insurance, nutritious food, safe housing, and other resources is critical and everyone needs support from time to time because life is unpredictable.

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Family Fun in Lake County

Our beautiful County offers many things for families to do and enjoy together! Expose the youngest children in your life to a new park, pool or library today!
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Social & Emotional Skills for Children and Families

Healthy family and child interactions help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.
If you have concerns about your child's social and emotional development, call Easterseals in Lakeport at 707-413-6920 for a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire.

Kindergarten Entry Developmental Profile


The first five years of a child's life are extremely important for healthy development, so First 5 Lake and the Lake County Office of Education partnered together to create the KEDP. The KEDP is a rubric based survey that caregivers and teachers complete about where their Kindergartener is developmentally to assess how well Pre-K, T-K, and parents prepared the child for Kindergarten as a way to determine school readiness.

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Connecting with Other Local Parents

Playgroups, Support Groups, etc.

Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, spiritual or social support are key to being a healthy parent. Don't forget to invest in yourself by connecting with others.

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Proper Nutrition for Picky Eaters


Healthy eating and attitudes toward foods and beverages begin before children can talk or read. There are so many great resources to help you give your child the best start nutritionally!

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Fathers & Father Figures

Research shows that fathers not only have the capacity for caregiving, but that children benefit directly from dads' parenting contributions. Findings consistently show the positive, lifelong impact fathers can have by being positively engaged early in their children's lives. People with actively involved father figures during childhood are more likely to have higher levels of success in their careers, a better chance of having a strong and lasting marriage, and an improved ability to handle stress.
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Grandparents are GRAND!

Did you know that in 2011, 4.8 million infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. were cared for by grandparents while parents worked or attended school? That is 24% of all children under age 5! Grandparents are making a huge impact in our country in raising the next generation.

The Grandparent Guide

What's new and what's the same when it comes to caring for young children in the U.S. today?


Grandparent Caregiver Toolkit

Provides ways parents and grandparents can "share the care" across generations.


Bonding with Grandchildren

Six factors of Grandparent-Grandchild closeness based on research to help you establish your own unique bonds.

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Child Abuse and Neglect are Too Common. You Can Do Something!