First 5 Kern delivers COVID supply help

First 5 Kern held a final distribution event for their programs in October.

Thirty-one programs were able to come out to this event.
Three dozen First 5 Kern-funded programs and over 200 child care facilities participated in six different distribution events, which first started back in April as providers were struggling with lockdowns and limited availability of cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. The supplies were provided by funds from First 5 Kern, First 5 California and

Many of the supplies will end up in the hands of families throughout Kern County, passed along by programs such as family resource centers and home-visiting programs.

Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Community Connection for Child Care helped organize three child care distribution events that targeted facilities that stayed open during the lockdowns. They often catered to families of essential workers.

Below is the tally of supplies distributed across the county with First 5 funds.

  • 3,064 bottles of liquid hand soap (395 gallons)
  • 216 gallons of bleach
  • 3,546 bottles of all-purpose cleaner (596 gallons)
  • 158,000 pairs of gloves
  • 22,350 kids masks
  • 72,900 adult masks
  • 6,322 bottles of hand sanitizer (365 gallons)
  • 3,425 packs of baby wipes
  • 4,650 cases of diapers
  • 1,032 boxes of tissues
  • 8,320 rolls of toilet paper
  • 540 rolls of paper towel
  • 625 lbs of laundry detergent
Piles of boxes of gloves sit on palettes at a supply distributions