A broad range of 0-to-5 topics, helpful resources, and programs and services funded by First 5 Shasta in support of young children experiencing good health, optimal development, and starting school ready to learn.

Divorce, ACEs and Your Kids – Part 2

In Part 1 of Divorce, ACEs and Your Kids, the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) of Losing a Parent to Separation, Divorce or Another Reason was explained as a potential type of childhood trauma. It can impact a child’s learning potential … Continue reading

Divorce, ACEs and Your Kids – Part 1

Did you ever think of divorce as not just difficult, but something that may be traumatic for children? Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic things that happen to a child, things over which a child has no control. Losing a … Continue reading

Do An ASQ At Home

Did you know you can get a free online ASQ and use it to follow your child’s developmental progress? Parents can use an ASQ to check their child’s natural developmental and, if you do enough of them, you can make … Continue reading

Holidays the Safe Way

Yvonne McQuaid is passionate about the health, education, well-being, and joy of young children, including her newly adopted grandson, Chance. As the executive director at First 5 Butte County, she helps lead the First 5 investment in young children, advocating … Continue reading

Quitting is Your New Reality

Myth: Lowering the number of cigarettes I smoke during my pregnancy is safer for the baby. Reality: There is no safe level of smoking. Even cutting down to a few cigarettes a day means you are ingesting harmful chemicals that … Continue reading