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A Child is an Inspiration

First 5 San Mateo County is committed to the youngest children in San Mateo County. As a First 5 San Mateo County Commissioner, a pediatrician and a father, I am inspired by my patients and their parents—especially the ones aged zero to five.

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Encouraging Teachers

As our students get ready for a new school year, so do teachers.  My friend Barbara’s daughter just got a job as a Kindergarten teacher, her first teaching job….and she is scared.  Scared of making mistakes…..of not doing it right.  Ah…..interesting…..I bet just like some of her Kindergartners.  Teaching is a really hard job; I know because I was one.  Most go into the profession because they care about children; they want to make a difference; they want kids to succeed.  They just need help and support, coaching and resources….and empathy too.

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The Importance of Early Childhood Developmental Screening

Did you know that young children adapt how they play, learn, speak, act, and move as they grow? Doctors and other childcare experts measure this change and growth by a child reaching specific developmental milestones during an expected timeframe. There is room for concern about a child’s development if these

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Post-Election Thoughts: Supporting our Families and Communities

As we approach the upcoming holidays we all remain concerned about the impacts of the recent tumultuous and divisive election. We know that many children and families may be afraid — afraid of being deported, being separated from their families, being attacked or bullied because of race, religion, sexual identity, language and national origin.

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