Additional Family/Child Agencies

7 Super Things Parents & Caregivers Can Do

1. Talk often with your children from the day they are born.

2. Hug them, hold them, and respond to their needs and interests.

3. Listen carefully as your children communicate with you.

4. Read aloud to your children every day, even when they are babies. 
    Play and sing with them often.

5. Say "yes" and "I love you" as much as you say "no" and "don’t".

6. Ensure a safe, orderly, and predictable environment, wherever they are.

7. Set limits on their behavior and discipline them calmly, not harshly.

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection
Family Resource Center
3101 N. Sillect Ave, Ste. 115
Bakersfield, CA 93308
(661)328-9055 or (800)210-7633

Serving special families

Community Action Partnership of Kern
5005 Business Park North
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: (661) 336.5236

CAPK Services:


  • Early Head Start & Head Start
  • Migrant Child Care


  •  Family Health Center
  •  HIV / AIDS Education


  • Central Kitchen
  • Partnership Food Bank
  • WIC


  • Green Energy / LI Heap
  • Weatherization


  •  Shafter Youth Center

Asset Development

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ( Vita )
  • Individual Development Account

Referral Services

  • 2-1-1 Kern County

Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic
(661) 322-1021
The mission of the Early Intervention Program is to help parents and their young children form healthy, happy relationships.

Bakersfield Big Brothers   
(661) 900-1222 
Provides young fatherless boys with positive influences from mature and stable men.  for locations please phone and request.

Boys Scouts of America
(661) 325-9036
Recreational services for adolescents. For location, please phone and request.

California Kids Health Foundation
Insurance program for undocument children who reside in California who do not have medical insurance and are not eligible for other types of medical insurance programs.

California Youth Crisis Line
(800) 843-5200
24Hour Crisis Line
Services youth under 24. Crisis intervention, counseling and referrals about suicide, sexual assault, substance, abuse, gang activity, HIV/AIDS, sexual identity issues, teen pregnancy and emergency food or shelter. Fees:

Children’s Wish Foundation
(800) 323-9474
Provides wishes to terminally ill children.

Girl Scouts Joshua Tree Council
1831 Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93304
(661) 327-1409

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
(800) 223-1138

National Information Center/Children/Youth With Disabilities
(800) 695-0285
Information and referral

National Runaway Hotline
(800) 786-2929

Right choice for kids

The La Cresta Foundation / Warm Line
4101 Union Ave # 3
Bakersfield, CA 93305
(661) 323-3531
Services to families with children. Normal concerns of parenting. Warmline for pre-school parents.

Youth Crisis/Runaway – Child Quest
(800) 248-8020
Organization searches for missing children or at risk adults

Youth Crisis/Runaway – Children of the Night
(800) 551-1300
Hotline number

Kern County Resources

Community Connection for Child Care
Kern County’s local child care resource and referral agency.
(661) 861-5200
(877) 861-5200 (toll free)

Kern County Network for Children

Guide to local Collaboratives & Family Resources Center  

Public Services   

Kern County Department of Human

  • Adoption 
  • Foster Family Licensing 
  • Give the Secret a Voice 
  • Jamison Children’s Center
  • Into Safe Arms – program to safely surrender newborns
  • CalWORKs – California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids program
  • CalFresh – Food Stamp Program
  • Medi-Cal Program 
  • Welfare to Work 
  • Stop Domestic Violence

Kern County Department of Public Health –

  • California Children Services (CCS) 
  • Child Health Disability Prevention (CHDP) 
  • Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH)

Kern County Department of Mental Health Children’s Services 

  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services
  • Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), .

Online Information

National Association of Family Child Care Radio
This media resource will give family child care professionals access to the latest insights in child care management and child development.  Audio programs will be offered with experts in family child care business practices, child development and other areas of interest to providers and parents.

The program is available 24×7 at                                                                                                                                                                           and the broadcasts can be listened to any computer.  Click on NAFCC Radio.

Child Care Aware – 

Child Care Aware links parents to their local child care resource and referral agency (CCR&R). CCR&Rs help parents locate quality child care resources in their community. The Child Care Aware website includes, "5 Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care" and other helpful materials on early care and education.

Parents Action for Children –                                                                                                                                         I Am Your Child is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early childhood development and school readiness. IAYC develops a wide variety of resources for parents, early childhood professionals, child advocates, health care providers, policymakers and the media including instructional videos.

National Association for the Education of Young Children –

PBS Ready to Learn –  

Ready to Learn provides extensive outreach services to communities, including workshops for parents, child care providers, and other early childhood professionals as well as the distribution of children’s books.

Zero to Three – 

The mission of Zero to Three is to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families and communities. Zero to Three’s "Healthy Minds" child development brochures for parents are available at their web site.

Born Learning –  

The Born Learning campaign includes nationwide information in English and Spanish.