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               First 5 Inyo County

               568 W. Line Street

               Bishop, CA 93514

                EMAIL:  jveenker@inyocounty.us

                PHONE: 760-873-6453
                EMAIL: kdoerring@inyocounty.us
                PHONE: 760-873-5040

Upcoming Events

Click on individual listings below to view or print flyers for free events and services throughout Inyo County.

Focused on positive parenting from birth to age twelve, this course is curently offered through June 30, but you can register for other sessions, or classes that serve other age ranges by contacting 873-6453. Call to get on the waiting list for our updated development lecture series - Baby University or Pre-K University, too.


The First 5 Inyo Commission tries to meet the third Thursday of every month at 10 AM, but sometimes reschedules to ensure a quorum. The public is always welcome, and you can always call 873-6453 for agendas or details!

You are invited to join us the first Wednesday of every month at 568 W. Line for a developmental play coaching session at 6 PM. Please call to RSVP at 873-6453 so we will have enough blocks for every participating parent to take home and use with their child!

Bring your entire family to our block play night the first Thursday of every month at the Senior Center in the back of the Bishop Park at 6 PM. Enjoy free play in a variety of block centers and socialize with friends and neighbors! Play this month focuses on early math skills.

READ & ROMP - July 23
Go wild with us at the Bishop Senior Center at 6 PM the fourth Thursday of every month for themed play and story nights! (This month we'll be focusing on safari animals!) Please RSVP to Jody at 873-6453 to ensure there are enough supplies for all!

We distribute donated diapersof all sizes to help families in need. Please call Jody at
if you have some extras to pass on!


 TURN OFF TV and...


What does your family do for fun instead of watching T.V. ? Follow these links to learn more about:TV-Free Fun, & our Screentime Quiz.


Five Protective Factors

You can get information about the 5 Protective Factors Framework to help prevent child abuse and neglect in our community below:

First 5 Inyo Protective Factors

Inyo Families United Network

Inyo Family Prevention (resources
for school & teenage parents)

Also visit this recently updated local resource guide for contact info in each of the 5 protective factors:

Local Resource Guide 


Link to Grants and Funding Page


First 5 Inyo is issued a Request For Proposals for Early Child Health: Birth & Breastfeeding Suport Services for FY 2015-2018. The proposal deadline was May 13 and now proposal review and voting has been scheduled for Friday May 29 at 4 PM at the First 5 Inyo office.

Download the RFP here.

The following grants were approved by the Commission and being contracted for FY July 2014-June 2015 right now:

  • Superintendent of Schools Child Development
    Division Laugh & Learn Family Home Care
    Quality Improvement and Bookalicious
    Library Events, as well as CSP 2 and CARES Plus
  • Discovery Point Preschool's Outdoor
  • Lone Pine School District's Family Resource Center, Read & Romps, & Parent Classes.
  • Northern Inyo Hospital's new NEST (Newborn Evaluation & Support Training) program for birthing plans, breastfeeding support, and SIDS prevention.

            First 5 Inyo also sponsors parenting

            education and monthly developmental play

            opportunities every month of the year.

Link to Minutes and Agendas Page

Our next Commission meeting will be Tuesday June 30 at 1 PM at the One Stop conference room in Bishop.

You can access our 2014-19 Strategic Plan, or click below on the First 5 Inyo Annual Report presentation you'd like to review:

First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2013-14

Family Intake Form Results 2009-2014

Synthesis of Strategies & Sustainability


Link to Media Releases



Link to About Us Page
Want to know what First 5 CA and First 5 in each county of CA is about? This short video is a great introduction to the importance of early development and how we've been investing in it for the past 15  years! View below:


Click here for information regarding Contacting Us, Commissioners, Staff, Mission, Vision, & Goals, CCFC Background, 2014-19 Strategic Plan, & Bylaws.


Reading Railroad

Visit the RR depot at our office on 568 W. Line St. in Bishop to choose from over 2,000 FREE BOOKS! Learn about the importance of early literacy for your child's development with:

Engaging Your Baby with Books

Reading Tips for Babies

Reading Tips for Toddlers

Reading Tips for Preschoolers

Book Suggestions by Age Range

The history of how our program has grown is illustrated in these yearly reports:

2010-2013 Reach Out & Read

2009-2010 Reach Out & Read

2008-2009 Reach Out & Read

2007-2008 Reach Out & Read



General Parent Info
Parenting Education
Monthly First 5 Developmental Play

Inyo Birth & Breastfeeding Supports
Clothes/Toy Exchange
Bishop Park Playgroup Contacts
Incarcerated Parent Support

24/7 Dad Fatherhood Challenge
10 Ways to Be a Better Dad

Daddy's Toolkit Babycare DVD

Also, all 5 Inyo County libraries have been equipped with birthing, baby- proofing your home, and other resource DVDs & books that you can check out for free with a library card.

Online Baby Resource Links:

Expectant Parents
Create a Family Pregnancy Journal

Baby’s First Year Instructional Videos
Breastfeeding Information
Breastfeeding Problems & Solutions
Introducing Solid Foods
Tips for SoothingYour Baby

Car Seat Safety & Installation

Online Toddler Resource Links:

Developing Sense of Self

Building Self Awareness

Teaching About Emotions
Self Care and Daily Routines
Developmental Play
Suggested Toddler Activities


Online Pre-K Resource Links:

Love & Logic for Early Childhood
Positive Discipline Tips
Behavior Management
Tools of the Mind Cognitive Strategies
List of Blogs with tips for incorporating
math, science, & literacy into daily play


Link to Resources Page
Click here for First 5 California Parent Resources and here for County & State Resources.

If you are expecting a baby, or have a newborn, call us for a New Parent Kit. You can also stop by our office at 568 W. Line Street, across from the post office, for child development info or to watch Parenting DVDs.

Pregnancy Tips in English / Spanish

Breastfeeding Tips English /Spanish

Link to Projects Page

1) F.U.N. Team - The F.amilies U.nderstanding N. utrition & fitness Team is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting early child health. Join the F.U.N. Team and help us develop strategies to help families stay fit!

2) Healthy Handfuls Newsletter - a fresh dose of early health info delivered free to your email inbox each month! Sign-up to receive our email newsletter, or check out Healthy Recipes and articles from previous issues.

Past topics include :

importantance of fatherhood stats

autism test interventions

outdoor preschool movement

Inyo kids lack early oral exams

child obesity linked to cavities

feel good foods
breast milk differs day to night

advances in autism

strategies for picky eaters

prenatal food predisposition

motor skill development

snacking suggestions

what is early literacy
healthy halloween alternatives

3) Other F.U.N. Team Resources include activities and food suggestions:

Dad-Oriented Recipes

Summer Recipes

Healthy Recipes 2011

Healthy Recipes 2010

Healthy Recipes 2009

Snack Central

Active Summer Games


Rethink Your Drink!
Reconsidre Su Bebida!



        Parent Tools (English)

        Parent Tools (Spanish)

        Beverage Suggestions

    English Poster or Spanish Poster

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