August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month
First 5 Solano encourages new parents to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.  Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommend breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding new babies. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for moms and babies, including:    

Benefits for Your Baby – Research shows that breast milk is the best food for your newborn. 

  • Breast milk strengthens your baby’s immune system by providing antibodies that help protect against germs and diseases.  Breastfed babies have fewer illnesses (and less frequent visits to the doctor) than babies who are formula-fed. 
  • Breast milk provides the most ideal nutrition for infants and includes ingredients that help develop your baby’s brain.
  • Studies show the longer a mother breastfeeds, the less likely her child will become overweight later in life.

Benefits for Moms - There are benefits for moms too!  

  • Studies find women who breastfeed for at least three months often return to their pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.
  • Breastfeeding helps lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancers, along with reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.
  • It’s free!  Breastfeeding saves you money by limiting the number of bottles and formula you must buy AND it’s environmentally friendly, with less landfill waste being discarded from formula packaging.

Benefits for Both – Breastfeeding is a valuable investment in your child’s future and your relationship together.

  • Breastfeeding enhances mother and baby bonding time, it’s the first real connection between you and your baby.
  • The skin-to-skin contact offered by breastfeeding can reduce stress in both the baby and the mother.

For more information on breastfeeding, visit the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding  websites.  

Video Annual Report to the Community
First 5 Solano is pleased to release its Video Annual Report to the Community (ARC). T
he goal of the video ARC contains basic information about First 5 Solano and highlights services of community partners. The video ARC also contains funding information for FY2012/13, the first year of the current 3-year funding cycle. The video ARC includes interviews with First 5 Solano Grantees, parents and providers of First 5 Solano funded services, First 5 staff and the Commission Chair. For more information about First 5 Solano funded services or programs in the annual report, please contact us at 707.784.1332.

Annual Report Video Link

Annual Report Video Link (with Spanish subtitles)

Support Your Future Workforce: Sponsor a Pre-K Academy Student Today!
For just $200 you can sponsor a child in your community to begin their education with the skills necessary to succeed academically. Your $200 contribution is matched dollar-for-dollar by First 5 Solano to send at-risk children with no prior preschool experience to a Pre-K academy in summer 2014.

“One of the most powerful indicators of a student being at risk for school failure in their later years is their lack of readiness for kindergarten. For years the Pre-K academies have successfully helped prepare students that have little or no preschool experience. There is no question in my mind that this relatively small investment at this early age absolutely can change the course of a child’s life”.  - Jay Speck Solano County Superintendent of Schools and First 5 Solano Commission Chair.

To see a short video of highlights from 2013 Pre-K Academies,
click here

Sponsor online today! Yes, I want to sponsor a child!
For more information, please call Ciara Gonsalves (707) 784-1338 or e-mail

Help Me Grow Solano
"One Call. That's All". Help Me Grow Solano is a collaborative partnership of all First 5 Solano funded programs and other community partners serving children and families from birth through age 5 in Solano County.  Help Me Grow Solano provides a central point of access for services, healthcare provider outreach, community outreach, data collection, and outcomes. It's often difficult and time consuming for parents to search for programs to address the unique needs of their children. Help Me Grow Solano is the simple solution that connects babies, young children, and their families to program and services throughout Solano County. Help Me Grow does not provide direct services, but their goal is to assist families in getting connected to the services that they need.