Three-Year Home Visiting Contract Awarded

HV2First 5 Contra Costa recenlty awarded Aspiranet a contract up to $3.6 million to conduct home visiting services for expecting or new moms and dads. Funding was allocated through June 30, 2019, and Aspiranet will receive up to $1.3 million each year starting July 1.

First 5 Contra Costa has allocated funding for home visiting services for more than a decade. Every three years or so, we engage in a competitive funding process to re-allocate our funds. The bidding process for this contract drew four applicants.

Home visiting services will be provided to families living in Antioch, Bay Point, Concord, Martinez, Richmond and San Pablo. Research shows home visiting is an effective way to reach new parents, reduce child abuse, and improve child health and development. Well-designed, voluntary home visiting programs can also lead to substantial savings for taxpayers with fewer children in social welfare, mental health, and juvenile corrections systems.

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Meet the New Monument First 5 Center Director

Margaret Haller brings 30 years of education experience to her new position as director of the Monument Community First 5 Center.

Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in art, a credential in bilingual and cross-cultural education, and a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in multicultural education. She worked locally at Meadow Homes Elementary school in Concord for 15 years as a kindergarten teacher, after-school program coordinator, and a dual immersion program specialist. Margaret has also been a vice-principal and principal at other Bay Area schools. Learn more about her!

What was your favorite food as child?

My favorite food as a child by far was cornflakes soaked for more than a few minutes in milk. I was and am a texture kid.  Smooth has always been my favorite, but crunchy too.  I loved the immediate crunch of cornflakes in milk, but if I missed the crunch….I had to wait for the soaked and smooth! Continue reading

A Safety Protocol for Home Visitors

Last year at least ten families or staff from the Hand to Hand home visiting program – a First 5 program that serves expectant or new parents in Richmond and San Pablo – had a friend or family member killed or injured by gunfire.

When violence flares in a neighborhood, what is the best way to keep social service workers safe and still reach families in need?

The Hand to Hand program answered this question by developing a safety protocol.  According to Odessa Caton, District Director for Aspiranet (the lead agency of the Hand to Hand collaborative), the protocol has already had a positive impact on worker and family safety.   Continue reading