March-Nutrition (click here for more)

Nutrition refers to everything your child eats and drinks. Your child's body uses food to create energy and stay healthy. Health nutrition starts as early as infancy with breastfeeding which provides your baby important nutrients for growth and brain development. As your children grow, continue to model healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

Here are just a few things you can do to make sure your child gets a health start to good nutrition:

  • Provide at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Let your child choose a new fruit or vegetable that he or she wants to try.
  • Limit fast food, takeout, and junk food to occasional treats.
  • Make healthy food choices by limiting sugary drinks, readying food labels, and watching portion sizes.
  • Be persistent in your efforts to introduce healthy food options. Sometimes children need to try a food multiple times before they actually accept and enjoy it!

By teaching and encouraging healthy eating habits you are giving your child important tools for a lifetime of healthy living.

Daylight Savings Times
Spring forward! Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2:00 AM March 11th, 2018. Daylight Savings Time is a way to make better use of the daylight. The idea is to advance the clock by one hour so there is more sunlight in the evening and less in the morning. Below are some fun facts about DST:

  • Benjamin Franklin first suggested the idea of Daylight Savings Time in 1784, but it wasn't officially adopted until 1918.
  • A great way to remember which way to move the clock is with the saying "Spring forward and Fall back".
  • Every state except Hawaii and Arizona participate in Daylight Savings Time.
  • Daylight Savings Time lasts 34 weeks each year in the United States.

*Don't forget to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

For Daylight Savings Time activities to do with your kids, go to:

National Poison Prevention Week

National poison prevention week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the week of March 18-24th. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

More than 90% of poisonings occur in the home. The majority of these poisonings occur in the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. This fact is why it is important to follow simple steps to prevent a poisoning from happening at home.

  • Teach your family never to touch or put anything in their mouths unless they know what it is.
  • Keep medicines in their original containers, properly labeled, and store appropriately.
  • Keep all laundry products locked up, high and out of the reach of children.

    Call the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) which connects you to your local poison control center if you suspect someone has been poisoned.

    For more Poison Control information visit:

    It's Tax Season!

    Marking the beginning of the nation's tax season, the Internal Revenue Service has started accepting and processing 2017 federal individual income tax returns. More than 155 million returns are expected to be filed this year with at least 70 percent of taxpayers getting tax refunds. Last year, nearly 112 million refunds were issued, with an average refund of $2,895. People have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 returns and pay any taxes due. Low- and moderate-income taxpayers can get help filing their tax return for free.

    Please see below for Free tax assistance sites in Solano County.Free Tax Sites

    Funding Opportunity

    Grants available for April Children's Month events

    April is "Children's month" in Solano County! To help celebrate, First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission is seeking application to support community events that celebrate early childhood or promote awareness about young children's issues during the month of April. Grants of up to $300 each will be awarded for events that help raise community awareness and promote the well-being of children. The grant application and details can be found at Applicants need to submit a Community Engagement Fund Application by March 16, 2018 to be considered.

    Resource Spotlight



    CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) enables low-income individuals and families a way to buy more food, improve nutrition, and stretch their grocery budget. In certain situations, eligible applicants may receive expedited CalFresh benefits within three (3) days.

    To apply in person visit your local H&SS office. You can also apply for CalFresh online at: or print out a CalFresh Application and submit it in person or by mail to a local H&SS office.  Click the following links to download a CalFresh application in English, Spanish or Tagalog.

                                    Help Me Grow- Resource and Referral

    Help Me Grow Solano is a community-based resource and referral center that connects families, caregivers and educators to services related to health, development, behavior, and learning in children ages birth through five years, as well as a variety of other community services. Help Me Grow Specialists offer a non-judgmental and compassionate approach, listening, and finding services that are appropriate and available for the child(ren) and family, including follow-up to make sure the services were provided. Help Me Grow Specialists are accessible Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00 PM by calling the toll-free number (844) 501-KIDS (5437), through, or at Solano Family & Children's Services: (707) 864-4634.

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    Commission Meetings

    First 5 Solano holds regular meetings; please click this link for schedule and agenda details.