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Events & Projects

food distributions

Food Distributions

Every third Thursday of the month at David Nelson Pocket Park, 1511 Niles Street. Upcoming dates:April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21.from 4:30pm-6pm Volunteers needed from 2pm – 7pm


Tutoring Programs

In spring of 2022, Children First launched our first literacy program with Williams Elementary. The Williams School Community Reading Program will recruit 12 volunteer reading coaches and reading mentors to students in first, second, third, and fourth grades. The mission of this program is to enhance reading and comprehension skills for students who require additional…


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…

East Bakersfield Festival

The East Bakersfield Festival

Children First is proud to bring back the annual East Bakersfield Festival on Saturday, May 20, 2023, 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…


Children First Summer Internship

Children First Campaign seeks to recruit high school and college interns to work with the non-profit organization between June 8th and August 3rd. The Children First summer unpaid internship program is in its 9th year and many of our past interns have been accepted to major colleges and universities. Interns will work to promote literacy…

2022 literacy gala theme

Literacy Gala

Children First is excited to host our first annual Literacy Gala, on Friday, Nov 4, 2022, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Seven Oaks Country Club. The cocktail reception begins at 6:30 followed by dinner, awards and entertainment. At this special gala, you’ll be transported into a world filled with wonder and beauty inspired by…


Outdoor Programs

Thanks to the Outdoor Equity Grant, we’re empowering our community to explore the great outdoors, breaking down barriers and providing access to life-changing experiences like family nature days, beach cleanups, and camping trips



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