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Food Distributions

Every third Thursday of the month at David Nelson Pocket Park, 1511 Niles Street. Upcoming dates:Feb. 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19.from 4:30pm-6pm Volunteers needed from 2pm – 6pm

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Tutoring Programs

In Fall of 2021, Children First launched our first literacy program with Williams Elementary. Our program’s central goal is to provide tailored literacy support through small group interventions and structured engagements. This initiative is specifically designed for students grappling with challenges in reading and reading comprehension, aiming to enhance their overall literacy skills. The program…

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Neighborhood Cleanups

Help us cleanup East Bakersfield! Children First is proud to hosts monthly cleanup events at David Nelson Pocket Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Did you know, the park is maintained and cared for by a team of caring volunteers who donate their time and resources? If you have are an organization or individual who would…

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East Bakersfield Festival

The East Bakersfield Festival

Children First is proud to bring back the annual East Bakersfield Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11am to 4pm at Jefferson Park. East Bakersfield Festival brings together neighbors, families and friends through food, music, dancing, and fun. The event, free and open to the entire family, will include a strong emphasis on health…

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Children First Summer Internship

Every year, Children First hosts an impactful Summer Internship Program that invites high school and college students to embark on a transformative journey. Over the course of ten weeks, participants engage in a dynamic learning experience, delving into the intricacies of project management, event planning, marketing, and community outreach. All of this leading to one…

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Literacy Gala

Children First is excited to host our Third Annual Literacy Gala, on Friday, Nov 1, 2024, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Seven Oaks Country Club. Tickets on sale soon! The cocktail reception begins at 6:00 followed by dinner and entertainment. From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser for our literacy program, our gala has…

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Outdoor Programs

Children First is the proud recipient of an Outdoor Equity Grant in partnership with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. This program is funded by the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, created through AB 209 and administered by California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services. Thanks to the Outdoor Equity Grant, we’re empowering our…

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