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Emotional Health of Children – Featuring Dr. Gerald Newmark

We sit down with emotional health expert Dr. Gerald Newmark to discuss how to identify and nurture the emotional needs of our children. Dr. Newmark has received a presidential citation for his work in education and has made emotional health his life’s work...

Working Mothers: ‘Leaning In’ to a Work-Life Balance

With Mother’s Day upon us—and as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book advising women to ‘Lean In’ to their careers hits bookshelves—FIRST 5 Santa Clara County recently sat down with some engaging women to discuss the hot topic of working mothers...

Preschool Bullying: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Santa Clara County teen Audrie Pott’s tragic suicide—and the unraveling story of sexual violation and peer bullying she endured—resonated deeply with us. In the wake of Audrie’s death, we ask ourselves what can be done to stop bullying behavior in young...

Dr. Dan Peters: Interview on ADHD

Everywhere you look, ADHD is in the news. And for good reason: The New York Times reports that there has been a 41% increase in ADHD cases in kids in the last decade. Hot on the heels of recent media reports is our conversation with Dr. Dan...

Rethink Your Drink

Fruit drinks seem so innocent. But, Dr. Padmaja Padalkar, Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser San Jose, says, don’t be fooled! Their perceived healthiness is all an illusion.

Mentor Mom Program

FIRST 5 provides many services for parents and children involved in the Santa Clara County Superior Court System. Maria Ortega is a mother who has intimate knowledge of the...

Preschool Depression

Only 3 or 4 years into life, is it possible to feel depressed? Experts in child development say it is. Tune in to hear about the toll life can take on our youngest.

Secondhand Smoke

Few need convincing that secondhand smoke is harmful for children, but what exactly are the health consequences? Dr. Seth Ammerman, Clinical Professor in the...

Natural Disasters and Children

When Nature wreaks havoc on people’s lives, how do we discuss the devastation with our young children? Dr. Christine Dobson, Director of Programs and Research for The Child Trauma Academy, gives us some answers.

Picky Eaters

Concerned your child’s “discriminating taste” is keeping him/her from getting the nutrition he/she needs? Ellen Satter, author of the popular book, Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family, fills us up with great information!

Oral Health

Nearly 30% of American children between the ages of 2-5 have dental disease. Dr. Rhea Haugseth, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, explains why.

Solo Parenting

Most everyone agrees that parenting is tough. But, parenting solo? Even tougher. Dr. Alan Kazdin, Director of the Yale Parenting Center, gives some helpful advice.

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses.  A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks...

10 Steps to a Healthier You: Fighting Childhood Obesity

Did you know that in Santa Clara County, over one in four children in grades five, seven and nine are considered overweight? Overweight children are more likely to develop diseases and stay overweight as adults. In our latest podcast, health experts highlight a program that tackles childhood obesity.

Dr. Dan Peters: Interview on ADHD

Everywhere you look, ADHD is in the news. And for good reason: The New York Times reports that there has been a 41% increase in ADHD cases in kids in the last decade. Hot on the heels of recent media reports is our conversation with Dr. Dan Peters of the...

Dr. Dan Peters: Interview on Dyslexia

Recently, Dr. Dan Peters, co-founder and clinical director of the Summit Center, shared his insights on an important topic concerning many families: dyslexia. As a specialist in the assessment and treatment of children in the areas of learning, processing, emotional...

Childhood Obesity Prevention

How is it possible our children are gaining so much weight at such young ages? FIRST 5 convened The Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative to investigate and improve this issue. We interview Dr. Delgado, Director of the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center at Valley Medical Center.

Kindergarten Readiness

True or false? The most prepared kid for kindergarten is the smartest? Listen to find out the answer.

Dr. David Arredondo: The Tonal Connectedness Model

David Arredondo, MD is a psychiatrist for children, adolescents and families serving the Bay area. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a Diplomate of the Board of The American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology....

Early Language & Literacy Development

Early language and literacy development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories...

Video Podcasts

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Workshops

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors supports parents and caregivers as leaders in their families and communities, and as their child’s...

Educare CA at Silicon Valley: Opening Doors of Opportunity

Educare is a model early learning school that serves over 160 children ages 0 to 5 and their families. It houses high-quality early...

Brazelton Touchpoints Approach

The Brazelton Touchpoints model as an approach for enhancing the competence of caregivers and building strong family-child relationships...

Strengthening Families Approach

The Strengthening Families Approach, including the 5 Protective Factors and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support...

FIRST 5 Child Signature Program: Preparing Children for Success in Kindergarten and Beyond

The FIRST 5 Child Signature Program, formerly known as the Power Preschool, has been providing high-quality early learning opportunities...

FIRST 5 Learning Together Initiative: A Place-Based Strategy for Family Support and School Readiness

FIRST 5’s Learning Together Initiative works directly in communities to support school readiness through Family Resource Centers...

The Collective Impact of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County is proud to serve the young children and families of our county as a funder, a resource, and an advocate...

Investing in the First 5 Years of a Child's Life: A Community Call to Action

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years - providing an unprecedented opportunity...

The Power of Relationships in Early Childhood Development - Series 02

During this portion of the series, we will think and learn about how infants and young children communicate through behavior...

The Power of Relationships in Early Childhood Development - Series 01

In this series Kadija speaks to parents and providers an understanding of how relationships with young children develop, and why these...

Universal Developmental Screening with Connection to Early Intervention Services

There are more than 18,000 children under the age of six in Santa Clara County who are thought to have developmental delays that go...