First 5 Humboldt, in partnership with Open Door, has been working hard to address Adverse Childhood Experiences. As we work with providers to address toxic stress, we have been able to create a system of referrals focused on community connection. Our work started with a focus on educating families on the importance of stress busters for overall well being to mitigate toxic stress and has continued to emphasize the focus on parent support.
At the start of September, our First 5 Humboldt Family Support Navigator and Child and Family Health Navigator partnered with Paso a Paso to begin our 10-week parent support series Abriendo Puertas. This 10-session curriculum promotes school readiness, family well-being, and advocacy by addressing best practices in brain development, key aspects of early childhood development and many other areas of focus. This all-Spanish series emphasizes culturally relevant material and focuses on building community and connection. For more information on the Abriendo Puertas program, visit https://ap-od.org/our-curriculum-publications/.