FIRST 5 Mendocino FinancialsHow we do it
Recent FIRST 5 Mendocino Financials:
Expenditures in FY 2015-2016:
As 2016 reaches an end, it gives our commission a time to reflect on what we have accomplished in the past fiscal year. We present here for you our 2015-2016 Annual Report. As always please contact us if you have any questions about our programs, expenditures, strategic plan etc.
FIRST 5 Mendocino distributed our tax dollars throughout the county through partnerships, grants and projects that fulfill our Commission’s current Strategic Plan to “Decrease Substance Abuse and Improve Parenting among families with young children”.
Shared/Support Programs: Our largest area of spending during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, programs funded under this category include blended parenting support and reducing substance abuse initiatives and collaborative projects with partner agencies in the county. Our goal is to maximize dollars invested to make the largest impact with families. Investments include: Title IV-E sponsored trainings, Children’s Action Committee, eight Family Resource Centers and the Family Resource Center Network, 2-1-1 Mendocino, Coastal partnerships with Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund, immigration information and referrals, outreach, The Sandbox Childcare Center and Special Funding Requests submitted by various community groups.
Parenting Only: This area of focus is on resources to help parents build on their existing strengths. The programs highlighted include support for Early Start families, Triple P Groups, literacy programs including Imagination Library and Bilingual Story Times at our Ukiah and Fort Bragg Libraries, breastfeeding, Pediatric Dental Initiative and our Kits for New Parents to name a few.
Substance Abuse Only: To support families working on sobriety we directly fund rehabilitation and detox services for pregnant women through The Ford Street Project. We also provide Recovery Triple P groups (positive parenting specifically for parents in recovery) at Family Resource Centers and fund Peer Mentor Counselors through the Family Dependency Drug Court.
Administration: This category refers to all overhead, administrative, contract monitoring and evaluations costs.
Children Served in Mendocino County in FY 2015-2016:
There are many ways we reach children and their families in our county. We could not expand our reach into the county without our close partnerships with Family Resource Centers, preschools, health clinics, local hospitals and Mendocino County HHSA. Here are a FEW examples of how we serve our county’s population of 0-5 children and their families.
Family Resource Centers: We provide grant funding to FRCs throughout the county for programs that address our current Strategic Plan. Playgroups, car seat classes and installation, parenting support groups, reading events, assistance enrolling in WIC, Covered California and food stamps are a few examples of how FRCs support local families.
Imagination Library: Our literacy program sends 1 book a month in the mail to children throughout the county until they turn 5. At the end of our fiscal year, we had 3294 children enrolled, from newborns to 5 years old.
Raise & Shine: Our Raise & Shine staff was very busy this past year facilitating Triple P groups, setting up others to provide Triple P programs throughout the county, providing training in Triple P and responding to parent calls on the warm line in both English & Spanish.