Free Summit Offers Guidance to San Diego Parents

Topics include: Positive Discipline, Early Learning and Child Temperament

SAN DIEGO — October 25, 2014 — Resources for parents and caregivers of children ages 0 through 5 came to one place: First 5 San Diego’s Parent Summit. The event Saturday morning at Liberty Station gave parents and caregivers the chance to discover new parenting tools and techniques through a variety of workshops and demonstrations, covering topics such as behavior and temperament, bonding with your child, talking, reading and singing to your child, preparing your child for preschool, healthy eating, exercise, fostering children, and more.

“Being a parent is a tough job and this free forum is a great way to get expert advice, help and resources,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox, Chair of the First 5 Commission of San Diego. “First 5 understands the special needs of young children and this is another example of how we’re helping San Diego’s parents and caregivers.”

First 5 San Diego has found success in supporting San Diego families last year by enrolling 8,398 children and 3,014 pregnant women in health insurance, provided quality preschool to 13,687 children and sponsored or participated in community events that reached nearly 141,000 families. The introduction of the Parent Summit allows First 5 San Diego to further strengthen existing ties in the community and develop new relationships with San Diego families. First 5 San Diego already serves one out of every four children aged 0 through 5 in San Diego.

The keynote speech by parenting expert Fred Becker of The Becker Institute highlighted the importance of guiding children in laying a solid foundation for the rest of their lives. Parenting techniques included allowing the child to make mistakes and work through their problems, and setting boundaries that are consistent. Remarks by Supervisor Cox further instilled First 5 San Diego’s mission to promote the vital importance of the first five years of life to the well-being of children, families and society.

“We continue to see the benefit of offering these valuable resources to parents in San Diego,” said Kimberly Medeiros, Executive Director of First 5 San Diego. “Our organization has reached out to the community in many ways, with the Parent Summit being an inaugural event for First 5 San Diego. We’ll use this momentum to achieve the Live Well San Diego vision and further enrich the lives of San Diego’s youngest residents.”

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About the First 5 Commission of San Diego: The first five years of life are critical to a child’s development. These years shape a child’s success in school and in life. First 5 San Diego helps parents and others to help children during these early years. The Commission leads the greater San Diego community in promoting the vital importance of the first five years of life to the health and well-being of children, families and society. The ultimate goal of the Commission’s work is that all children ages zero through five are healthy, loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners. Learn more at or call toll-free 1 (888) 5 FIRST 5.

Contact: Melissa Bartolome, First 5 San Diego, (619)-523-7724