FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
MILPITAS – Today, local leaders joined young children and their families at the Josephine Guerrero Family Resource Center for an open house celebration featuring food trucks, resource tables, Potter the Otter, and free games and activities.
The resource center, which held its ribbon cutting in December 2016, provides free resources for children under age six and their families, including developmental screenings, parent and caregiver workshops, referrals to affordable children’s health insurance programs, and fun and educational family engagement activities. The Family Resource Center is a partnership between the Milpitas Unified School District, The Health Trust, and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County.
“Young children and families are at the heart of the Josephine Guerrero Family Resource Center,” says Jolene Smith, Chief Executive Officer of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. “FIRST 5 is dedicated to working with local families and the Milpitas Unified School District to strengthen and support the healthy development of our youngest children and support parents and caregivers in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.”
The center joins a growing network Family Resource Centers across the county, the second in Milpitas, as part of FIRST 5’s Family Resource Center Initiative. The initiative uses a place-based approach to increase access to services and provide opportunities for parents to become more engaged in their children’s healthy development, school readiness, and other collaborative efforts to improve their lives and the communities in which they live.
“Partnering with FIRST 5 on the Family Resource Center Initiative allows us to ensure that children ages 0-5 acquire the skills needed to be ready to succeed in kindergarten, from literacy to proper nutrition and physical activity. We believe that these skills also serve as the foundation for living a healthy and fruitful life.” Charles C. Bullock, Ph.D., Interim CEO of The Health Trust.
Today the resource center was dedicated in memory of Josephine Guerrero, who was committed to serving her community. Guerrero served as an assistant postmaster, President of the Milpitas Chamber of Commerce, and was the first woman to serve on the Milpitas Planning Commission.
“Milpitas Unified School District is looking forward to dedicating the family resource center in memory of a woman who lived her life to support her family and the Milpitas community in times of peace and in times of war,” Board President Daniel Bobay said. “It is a fitting way to honor this woman who was a diamond with many facets.”
The Josephine Guerrero Family Resource Center is located on the campus of Randall Elementary School at 1300 Edsel Drive, Portable #1, Milpitas, CA 95035. For more information on hours and regularly scheduled classes, please call 408.635.2662 ext. 1638 or visit www.first5kids.org/frc.
Learn more about The Health Trust Family Resource Centers.