Partnership for Youth Success: Eden x First 5

The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important. They are the foundation that shapes children’s future health outcomes, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life. As you know, Eden maintains a strong commitment to economic justice as well as the overall success of our residents. This begins with a strong foundation during early childhood development.

Eden received a planning and implementation grant from NeighborWorks to explore collaborative activities that seek to improve child development outcomes. We have partnered with First 5 of Alameda County in this endeavor. Ensuring all children grow up healthy and ready to learn during the most important time in their development is at the core of First 5’s mission.

With residents’ future successes at the forefront, Resident Services staff dove right in to enhance our current Raising a Reader program, which helps families maintain home literacy habits essential for both educational and lifelong success. Youth Programs Manager Annie Hankins and her team are incorporating supplemental materials from First 5, along with books, to help support parents in engaging in their child’s development. They’ve hosted three family engagement events with educational activities and resources for families. A total of twenty residents at Alta Mira in Hayward, Owls Landing in Livermore, and Wexford Way in Dublin are participating in this pilot.

Staff involved in the program receive training from First 5 to better equip them to support families in understanding development milestones.

Following the most recent training, one attendee excitedly shared, "I now feel confident and empowered to ensure the success of my youth residents. I'm well-equipped to encourage and inform parents to play a vital role in their child's development."

This program exemplifies Eden’s drive to change the world, one corner (and one child) at a time. Stay tuned for updates on the program’s success!

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