The ways that First 5 Humboldt is meeting the needs of families are shifting, just like many services throughout our community. Click the link below to read an article written through the Lost Coast Outpost highlighting some of these programs, Pandemic Parenting: First 5 Humboldt Helps Families Address Stress and Regression In Children Through Online Parent Groups.
"“I think parents in our community have been affected [by the pandemic] in a big way,” Allen told the Outpost. “A lot of parents I work with have had their support systems ripped away and they have been under a tremendous amount of stress — trying to do it all.” This is why Allen, along with several other specialists, has been hosting free online parenting circles through First 5 Humboldt — an organization dedicated to promoting healthy development of young children. These parenting groups offer an opportunity for parents to learn about early childhood development, ask questions about their specific challenges and also connect with other families during this difficult time. The next group session is called “Pandemic Parenting,” which will be held over three Zoom sessions and focus on the child-rearing challenges of the COVID-era...Normally First 5 hosts multiple in-person playgroups throughout the county, which had to stop due to COVID-19, forcing the organization to get creative with ways to offer support to families. In addition to offering the online parenting groups, First 5 partnered with North Coast Music Together to offer online music classes for parents and children, has along with the Arcata Playcenter started outdoor hiking groups for parents and infants, and has been doing monthly distributions throughout the county of supplies to help parents, such as diapers, children’s books and activity sets."