Newsletter May – June 2013

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First 5 Commission of San Diego

Supervisor Ron Roberts, Chair
Carol Skiljan, Vice Chair
Sandra McBrayer
Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH
Nick Macchione, MS, MPH, FACHE

5210 Every Day!

Kim Medeiros The Director’s Corner
Kim Medeiros

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity rates have more than tripled over the past 30 years. In San Diego County, more than one in four children are overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity is even higher among African-American and Latino youth. If we don’t solve this problem, these children will more than likely suffer from chronic diseases at some point in their lives—diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, or asthma—diseases previously seen only in adults. In addition, studies show that children who are obese tend to score lower in academics. The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives … and thrive!

Last month, First 5 San Diego kicked off our nutrition campaign, educating parents and caregivers that “healthy eating begins at home” and “good eating habits carry over into adulthood.” The campaign supports the County’s Live Well, San Diego! 10-year plan to build a healthy, safe and thriving community. Now in full swing, I want to tell you about four healthy habits parents and caregivers can easily adopt at home and into your family’s lifestyle, messages of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative’s 5210 Every Day! campaign:

5 or more servings of fruits & vegetables
Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. A diet in fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals, which are important for supporting growth and development, and a healthy immune system!

2 hours or less of recreational screen time
Limit recreational screen time to two hours or less and no screen time for children under age two. Screen time includes TV, computer, video games, tablets and smart phones. All have been linked to obesity, lower reading scores and attention problems. Also, keep the TV/computer out of your child’s bedroom.

1 hour or more of physical activity
Get one hour or more of physical activity every day. Take advantage of the longer days over the Spring and Summer and take a family walk each day, or go for a bike ride. Activity that makes you breathe harder and your heart pump faster makes you stronger. Remember, active children grow up to be active adults.

0 sugary drinks, more water & low fat milk
Drink zero sugary drinks, more water and low fat milk. The average four-five year old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day – which amounts to 65 pounds of added sugar a year! The majority of a child’s added sugar intake comes from fruit drinks, soft drinks, high-fat desserts and candy. Here’s how you can figure out how much sugar is in a drink or food:

Grams of Sugar ÷ 4 = Teaspoons of Sugar
For example, for a 20 ounce soda:
69 g of sugar ÷ 4 = 17 teaspoons of sugar

Since 2004, First 5 San Diego has been a key partner of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. Watch this video of how the partnership is working to shape a healthy future, featuring Supervisor Ron Roberts. We are lucky to have Supervisor Ron Roberts as our 2013 Chair who is an advocate for children’s health and is committed to ending childhood obesity in San Diego.

Ron Roberts
Click here to watch this video

Together, we can all build a healthy San Diego starting with our very youngest!

Sincerely,

Kim Medeiros

Healthy Alternatives to Your Child's Favorite Foods
Healthy Alternatives to Your Child’s Favorite Foods

With working parents, on top of maintaining a household and managing extra-curricular activities, there’s plenty of reason why chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and French fries become a staple in many households. They are not only affordable, but easy to prepare, don’t require utensils, and most children are happy to eat them every day. However, these foods are often high in fat and salt, and served with sauces high in sugar. Fortunately, there are ways to offer these foods without all of the grease and unhealthy flavorings.

The healthiest way is to make them at home. Prepare the dishes over the weekend and store them in durable containers or resealable bags in the fridge or freezer. During the week, when you’re ready to eat them, you can simply heat up the meal in the microwave, put it in the oven, or throw it in a pan on the stove.

Here are some child-favorite dishes, with a healthy twist:

  • Pizza – Make it personal! Use a whole-wheat English muffin, bagel, or pita bread for the base; top with sauce (that you can add pureed carrots and red pepper for more nutrients) and slip in some cooked, minced cauliflower under the cheese. Then, you can chop up some fresh veggies, and let your children create their own pizza with the toppings.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs – Swap out ground beef for lean, low-sodium ground turkey, add some extra finely chopped up veggies to the sauce, and use whole-wheat pasta.
  • Mac & Cheese – Try swapping white for wheat pasta, and making your own sauce by melting low-fat 2% cheese, Greek yogurt and a dash of butter. You can also puree cauliflower, butternut squash or tofu to add to the mix for extra protein.
  • Chicken Nuggets – Instead of purchasing processed chicken nuggets, patties and tenders, make your chicken nuggets at home using boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Cut them into chunks and then dip them in flour, egg whites and breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  • French Fries – Don’t fry them, bake them! Take some russet potatoes, peel them, and cut into desired French-fry size. Place in a plastic bag along with just enough olive oil to lightly coat them, and shake until potatoes are evenly coated. Coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray. Put the potatoes on the baking sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the lowest rack and bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  • Ketchup – Many children like anything with ketchup, and lots of it! Purchase the most natural ketchup that is low in sugar and salt. Also, look for substitute sauces with no/low sugar. For example, try switching to mustard with a little honey mixed in or use marinara sauce.

When you don’t have time to make homemade meals and have to or just want to eat out, keep in mind that many restaurants offer a healthier options menu. In the coming weeks, First 5 San Diego will be partnering with restaurants and grocery stores to share menu choices that are “First 5 San Diego Approved.” Look out for our “First 5 San Diego Approved” seal!

For more healthy tips and resources including recipes, visit our Nutrition Webpage. Click the images below to watch our latest Public Service Announcements (PSA), encouraging families to adopt healthy eating habits.

Healthy Eating Habits for Baby
“Healthy Eating Habits for Baby”

Healthy Eating Habits Family
“Healthy Eating Habits Family”

FacebookShare your recipes and submit your own healthy meals on our Facebook page.
Self-Care in the World of Special-Needs Parenting
Self-Care in the World of Special-Needs Parenting
Taking care of your physical and mental health to give more to your child

Parenting any child can be difficult. However, parents of children with special needs undoubtedly have more layers of challenges, often leaving them feeling alone, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Between coordinating therapy appointments, ensuring special care at home, work and caring for the rest of the family, many parents have little time for self-care.

In observance of May as Mental Health Month, here are some tips for parents to enhance their physical and mental health while navigating the demanding world of special-needs parenting:

  • Eat healthy – Make sure you eat balanced, nutritious meals and snacks each day. Fill your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, but also include a whole grain, dairy product and lean protein like chicken or fish. Eating healthy can influence your family to make healthy choices too.
  • Exercise – Fit exercise into your daily routine. Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but helps with your emotional and mental health too. Exercise helps to boost confidence and reduces stress and anxiety. Don’t feel like you have to exercise for long periods of time either. It’s the quality not the quantity. Experts say that with just a 15-20 minute workout, you can achieve great benefits.
  • Get sleep – Sleep problems are common among parents of children with disabilities and can affect their health and daily ability to function. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If your child does not yet sleep through the night, try to sleep when they sleep.
  • Take time out for yourself – Whether it’s to read a book or go for a walk, take some “me” time each day. You may even try waking up early before everyone else to have some time alone, gather your thoughts, and plan your day accordingly.
  • Build a support system – Creating a strong support system of family and friends is critical. If you don’t have family nearby, establish a quality network of friends who you can trust and teach to help take care of your child so you can get a break every now and then. Also, find a support group of parents with children special needs similar to those of your child. Just talking about your challenges and successes is very therapeutic.

For many parents of children with special needs, finding a balanced life may seem elusive but it is critical. All parents need to care for themselves, before they can fully give to their child. If you take care of yourself, the better you will feel physically and mentally; the happier you are, the more you will have to give to your child and family.

Click here to check out the Flourishing Families: Parent Resource Guide for Children with Special Needs. The guide contains over 650 resources in San Diego County. Plus, sign up to receive the Flourishing Families eNewsletter.

The Importance of Fatherhood
The Importance of Fatherhood
A relationship with dad can change a child’s life

Fathers today are spending more time with their children compared to three decades ago, according to the Families and Work Institute, a leading nonprofit that studies workforce and family issues. They are also taking on more nurturing and caregiving roles. Research shows that the role a father plays in a young child’s life is extremely important to a child’s healthy development, and there are many positive outcomes for children whose fathers are more involved in their daily lives.

In recognition of Father’s Day on June 16th, First 5 San Diego offers the following tips to encourage dads to become more involved and supportive parents:

  • Get involved early. Taking an active role in caring for a newborn helps dads and babies bond from the start. You might consider taking a few days off from work after the baby is born to spend quality time together. In California, new parents, including dads, are eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to be with their newborn.
  • Be informed and connect with other dads. Participate in community programs, take local parenting workshops, and talk with other fathers at daycare or preschool to build a network of support.
  • Put in the time. Make it a priority to spend quality time with your child. This helps you build a strong relationship that includes regular communication. Find activities that you and your child enjoy doing to make your time together special, like reading or spending time playing outdoors.
  • Create a strong bond. A great way to create and maintain a bond with young children is by being actively involved in their daily lives. Help your children take a bath, get ready for bed, or even do chores together to show that you are a consistent part of their lives.
  • Make it memorable. Everyday activities can provide opportunities to learn and listen to your child. For example, when riding in the car or on the bus, ask your children to describe shapes and colors they see.
  • Be a role-model. Practice appropriate discipline, considering your child’s age and personality. Disciplining with respect and love allows you to interact in positive ways with your child.

First 5 San Diego offers resources for new dads to help them be the best parent they can be. First 5 San Diego’s Healthy Development Services (HDS) offers free parenting classes and workshops. These classes are a great way to begin building strong parenting skills. First 5 San Diego also offers a Kit for New Parents. Valued at $75, the Kit contains all the parenting information, local resources, advice and useful tips first-time parents need to best prepare for the joys and challenges that lie ahead. The Kit also includes a Daddy’s Tool Bag DVD, which educates new and expectant dads on how to take care of and bond with their babies. To find a parenting class or order a free Kit, call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785).

FacebookStay tuned for our Facebook contest for dads in June, showing great dads and why. We’ll send our favorites a free First 5 San Diego “Cool Dad” T-Shirt and Daddy’s Tool Bag DVD. Follow us on Facebook.
First 5 California's Executive Director Comments on President Obama's Budget Proposal for Universal Preschool
First 5 California’s Executive Director Comments on President Obama’s Budget Proposal for Universal Preschool

First 5 California’s Executive Director Camille Maben released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget proposal for universal preschool:

“We’re enthusiastic about the prospect of universal preschool for all four-year-olds and are encouraged that the President understands the importance of high-quality early education.

We’re looking forward to seeing how California can actively participate in this important effort while continuing to keep our successful state programs whole. We are hopeful that Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature see the benefits that universal preschool will bring to California’s youngest residents.

We are at a pivotal point where we know unequivocally that the investment in high-quality early childhood education has substantial payoffs. Providing our neediest children with early education and care leads to higher graduation rates, lower crime, lower substance abuse and higher employment. For the future of our economy and that of our kids, it’s important to help ensure that all children benefit from a quality preschool experience. It’s what we at First 5 California have been doing successfully since 1998 when voters passed Proposition 10.”

South Bay Community Services Receives Awards
South Bay Community Services Receives Awards

This past April, South Bay Community Services (SBCS), community partner of First 5 San Diego, received two awards for their dedication and commitment to public service.

SBCS’ Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool received the 2013 STARS Award for their contribution to Child Abuse Prevention in San Diego County. They were honored for their accomplishments at the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 9, 2013 by Supervisor Greg Cox. The celebration continued the following week on April 16, 2013 at the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council’s (CAPCC) First Annual STARS Awards event.

SBCS also received the 2013 Public Health Champion-Organization Award for their achievements related to the 2013 National Public Health Week (April 1-7) theme, Public Health is ROI (Return on Investment): Save Lives, Save Money! The theme focuses on a safe and healthy workplace, safe and active commuting, and living in healthy communities. SBCS was honored at the 12th Annual Live Well, San Diego! Public Health Champion Awards Ceremony held on Friday, April 5, 2013. Each year, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) recognizes individuals and organizations, in areas of public health services that protect and promote the health of San Diego County residents.

SBCS is a comprehensive non-profit agency that provides services and support to individuals and families in times of need. As a part of the South Bay community since 1971, SBCS has a long history of providing support to children, youth, and families. Services include screenings and resources for children ages 0 through 5, intervention and prevention services for at-risk youth, foster youth support and housing, domestic violence shelter and services, job readiness and financial education classes, rental assistance and fair housing services, emergency food, senior housing, and more. First 5 San Diego provided funding for the construction of Mi Escuelita and currently is the preschool’s primary funder of services. SBCS is also a service provider of First 5 San Diego’s Healthy Development Services (HDS) program. For more information about SBCS, visit www.southbaycommunityservices.org.

Black Infant Health Celebrating 20 Years
Black Infant Health Celebrating 20 Years

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, San Diego County’s Black Infant Health (BIH) program will be celebrating over 20 years of service. The event will be held at The Prado at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, Calif. 92101 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Learn how the program has empowered African-American women to make positive choices in their life, not only for themselves, but for their families and communities. For more information and to register for the no cost event, visit the BIH event website. The registration deadline is Friday, May 3, 2013 and space is limited.

The BIH program, funded in part by First 5 San Diego, provides services to African-American pregnant and postpartum women with infants up to 18 months of age. The BIH program works to ensure that African-American babies are born healthy and have the opportunity to grow into healthy children. Services range from prenatal and postpartum classes, help in finding prenatal and well-child care to case management, social support, and health education. For more information about BIH, click here.

8th Annual Oral Health Initiative Conference
8th Annual Oral Health Initiative Conference

Dental and medical personnel are invited to attend the 8th Annual Oral Health Initiative (OHI) Conference, hosted by the Council of Community Clinics, on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Scheduled topics include “The Pediatric Integrative Health Home” and “What to Expect in 2014 for Dental Care.” There will be no charge to attend and dinner will be provided. Continuing education units will be available. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013OHI.

More event details:
Where: Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114
Time: 5pm – 8:30pm (Registration begins at 4:30pm)
Cost: Free
Parking: Free

First 5 San Diego’s Oral Health Initiative (OHI) provides no cost dental screenings and referrals for treatment for children ages 0 through 5 and pregnant women throughout San Diego County. The initiative also gives service providers trainings on oral health issues related to children under age 5 and pregnant women. To get connected, visit www.first5.demosite.us/oral-health or call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785).

Camp Pendleton MAG-39 Presents Marriage, Parenting and Relationship Expo
Marine parents received Kits for New Parents at the Marriage, Parenting and Relationship Expo, Thursday, February 28, 2013, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Camp Pendleton MAG-39 Presents Marriage, Parenting and Relationship Expo

To a Marine, relational problems represent a significant risk factor for a myriad of problems that include divorce, depression, and even death by suicide. The average age of a married enlisted Marine is 28 and 40% of Marine Corps spouses are under the age of 25. These young people are also tasked with defending our nation’s freedom in grave and often dangerous environments. It is not difficult to see the significant challenges facing Marine couples and their families and the importance for them to have a strong system of support.

To help Marines strengthen their relationships with their families and friends and encourage healthy marriages, Camp Pendleton’s Marine Air Group 39 (MAG-39) presented the Marriage, Parenting and Relationship Expo on Thursday, February 28, 2013. More than 3,000 Marines attended family support workshops and learned about local and free resources in the community. First 5 San Diego spoke with Marines about programs and services for families with children ages 0 through 5 available throughout San Diego County and gave away Kits for New Parents and Daddy’s Toolbag DVD’s to new and expectant Marine parents.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar’s Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG-16) and the 3D Marine Air Wing (3D MAW) will hold the first “Marriage, Parenting, and Relationship Expo” (MPR) at the MCAS Miramar Bob Hope Theater from 11am to 7pm. More than 10,000 Marines and family members will have access to community resources including resources to support and enhance marriage and family resiliency, relationship support groups, marriage retreats or seminars, care for those experiencing the pain of marital separation or divorce, financial fitness, or the transformational and life-enriching message of hope represented by local ministry outreach to the military community. First 5 San Diego will once again be on-hand to provide local tools and resources for Marine families with young children. For more details about the event, please call 1-858-577-1625.

Hands-On Health Express Visits Cherry Blossom Festival
More than 950 children and parents enjoyed activities at the Hands-On Health Express at the Cherry Blossom Festival, Saturday, March 9, 2013, Japanese Friendship Gardens.

Hands-On Health Express Visits Cherry Blossom Festival
Children learned about eating right and staying physically active.


Hands-On Health Express Visits Cherry Blossom Festival

First 5 California brought its 2013 Hands-On Health Express Tour to the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, March 9, 2013 held at the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Balboa Park. First 5 California’s Hands-On Health Express is a bilingual children’s exhibit that travels across California to inspire families to eat right and stay physically active. More than 950 children and parents visited the booth and enjoyed activities such as coloring stations, a physical activity spin wheel, play farmer’s market, hula hoops, and more. First 5 San Diego was also on hand to give families information on local resources. Click here to follow the 2013 Hands-On Health Express Tour on Facebook.

Infant Development Association Holds Southern California Regional Conference
Infant Development Association Holds Southern California Regional Conference

First 5 San Diego was pleased to sponsor the Infant Development Association (IDA) Southern California Regional Conference held April 26-27, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif. The conference provided training to support infant development, building on infants’ natural readiness to learn. Over 200 attendees received learning opportunities to meet continuing education requirements, or to advance knowledge on a variety of topics from new findings in autism research, to best practices in early intervention, policy issues, and collaborative systems supportive of families and professionals.

Dr. Eric Courchesne, Director of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Autism Center and Professor of the UCSD Department of Neurosciences, and Dr. Karen Piece, Assistant Director of the UCSD Autism Center and Associate Professor of the UCSD Department of Neurosciences, gave a joint keynote presentation sharing research from a large-scale study aimed at identifying and treating Autism around the first year of life. They also presented new findings about the neural and genomic abnormalities in Autism at young ages. Two First 5 San Diego funded projects were highlighted in a presentation, “Building a System of Care for Young Children in Child Welfare”.

For more information about IDA, visit www.idaofcal.org.

First 5 San Diego Celebrates 13th Annual Day of the Child
Children participated in coloring activities, a myPlate activity and more at the First 5 San Diego booth, 2013 Day of the Child, Saturday, April 20, 2013, Memorial Park in
Chula Vista, Calif.

First 5 San Diego Celebrates 13th Annual Day of the Child
At the Day of the Child event, First 5 San Diego gave away nutrition coloring crowns, Potter the Otter books, and information to help children adopt healthy eating habits.


First 5 San Diego Celebrates 13th Annual Day of the Child

First 5 San Diego sponsored and participated in the 13th Annual Chula Vista Community Collaborative’s Day of the Child event, “Children’s Opportunities, Our Responsibilities”, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Memorial Park in Chula Vista. This is the fifth year First 5 San Diego sponsored the event whose mission is to provide a safe and healthy environment for young children by promoting family and community togetherness.

Approximately 6,000 participants received information on local resources and services from over 80 organizations, including immunizations and on-site health screenings for dental problems, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Two event stages provided hours of fun and entertainment.

First 5 San Diego was on hand to educate families about adopting healthy habits into their lifestyle. Children who visited the booth enjoyed coloring activities, a myPlate activity, hula hoops, and a teeth brushing demonstration activity. They also received Potter the Otter books and MyPlate nutrition plates. First 5 San Diego was recognized onstage for their exceptional leadership and commitment in support of families and the 2013 Day of the Child Community Fair.

First 5 San Diego Joins in YMCA's Healthy Kids Day
YMCA Jackie Robinson
Healthy Kids Day, Saturday,
April 27, 2013, Chula Vista, Calif.

First 5 San Diego Joins in YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, First 5 San Diego was pleased to join in “Healthy Kids Day”, a national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children. Each year, more than 1,900 YMCAs across the country hold free community events filled with fun, active play and educational opportunities.

First 5 San Diego sponsored and participated in Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA Jackie Robinson, with more than 300 people at the event. Executive Director Kim Medeiros addressed the crowd about the importance of adopting healthy habits at home. First 5 San Diego also held its activity booth to educate families about healthy eating and staying physically active. Children and their families also enjoyed an obstacle course, fitness demonstrations, inflatable jumpers, arts and crafts, music, the YMCA Jackie Robinson Thunder Squad Drumline, and a guest appearance from The Swinging Friar, the San Diego Padres mascot! Children received giveaways including the book Potter the Otter, A Tale About Water!, provided by First 5 San Diego.

First 5 San Diego also sponsored Healthy Kids Day for the YMCA South Bay held at the Otay Ranch Town Center.

First 5 San Diego Joins Camp Pendleton in Putting 'Kids First'
Kids First Fair,
Saturday, April 27, 2013,
Camp Pendleton, Calif.

First 5 San Diego Joins Camp Pendleton in Putting “Kids First”

With more than 70,000 families living at Camp Pendleton, First 5 San Diego was excited to once again attend the Kids First Fair on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The 18th annual event was hosted by the Camp Pendleton Children, Youth and Teen Program, in celebration of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Department of Defense Military Child Month.

Over 5,000 children and parents enjoyed music, entertainment, food, children’s activities, and a special appearance by child actor Nolan Gould from ABC’s award winning TV comedy, Modern Family. Families received information about local resources available in the community. First 5 San Diego provided coloring and nutrition activities as well as partnered with UCSD’s Regional Perinatal Systems’ Welcome Baby Program to give new and expectant military parents First 5 San Diego’s free Kit for New Parents.

To learn more about family programs at Camp Pendleton, visit www.mccscp.com/marine-family-programs.

First 5 High Fives
In 2012, with five clinic sites in the North County, VCC served more
than 55,000 patients.

First 5 High Fives

Vista Community Clinic

Founded in 1972 with over 40 years in operation, Vista Community Clinic (VCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Healthcare Center with the mission “to provide quality health care and health education to the community focusing on those facing economic, social or cultural barriers.” With five clinic sites in the cities of Vista and Oceanside, VCC served more than 55,000 patients in 2012.

Primary care services include obstetrics and pediatrics, family and internal medicine, comprehensive dental, women’s health and family planning, and teen clinic services. In addition, VCC reaches more than 100,000 residents each year through 60 clinical and community-based programs. These programs include the following:

  • Diabetes and arthritis self-management
  • Parenting education
  • Healthcare access through enrollment assistance to public health insurance programs
  • Oral health education, screening and treatment
  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention
  • Breast cancer awareness and screening
  • HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and patient support
  • Age-appropriate reproductive health education
  • Youth development
  • Case management and nutrition classes/education

VCC has recently earned Level 3 accreditation in the national Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, administered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), for all five of its clinics in Vista and Oceanside. Accreditation status means VCC patients can be assured that they are receiving the highest quality care possible within a primary care setting.

VCC has been a community partner of First 5 San Diego for over 10 years. VCC is currently contracted under three key First 5 San Diego initiatives in the North Coastal Region: Healthy Development Services (HDS) offering parenting workshops, Healthcare Access Initiative (HCA), and Oral Health Initiative (OHI). Click here to find more information about VCC.


Community Events

Miracle Babies 5K
Saturday, May 11, 2013
7am-2pm
Embarcadero Marina South
Click here

Children’s Health & Well-Being Expo
Saturday, May 18, 2013
10am-2pm
Educational Cultural Complex
4343 Oceanview Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92113
Click here

County of San Diego “May is Mental Health Month” Resource Fair
Saturday, May 18, 2013
2pm-6pm
Heritage Park, Old Town
San Diego, CA 92110
Click here

YMCA Childcare Resource Services Childcare Provider Day at PETCO Park
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Game at 1:10pm
PETCO Park
100 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Click here

Day of Play
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10am-1pm
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
2525 N Ave.
National City, CA 91950
Click here


Add Your Event to Our Website

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