Spread the word about rental assistance!

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Thousands of Contra Costa families are behind on rent and facing eviction when current protections expire at the end of September.

The state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is available to help eligible tenants and landlords cover 100% of what is owed for rent and utilities!

Healthy & Active Before 5 has developed a toolkit with flyers, social media images, and sample text that our partners can use to help inform families of this vital opportunity. Check out the toolkit today!

The most important thing to know is that families can visit to find out if they qualify, apply online, and even schedule an appointment to get help with the application from a local organization. We are here to support Healthy & Active Before 5 member organizations in connecting eligible families with these resources. In addition to the toolkit, we’re also available to answer questions or give presentations to frontline staff. Just reach out to and let us know how we can help!


We Count and We Vote!

We are proud to have partnered with the East, Central, and West County Regional Groups and First 5 Contra Costa for a year-long project to engage low-income parents for census and election participation throughout 2020. We hope you’ll check out the final report, which includes a breakdown of residents’ top priorities in each area of the county. See below for the full report and Executive Summary in English and Spanish.


Ask the questions that matter for kids!

This election season, let’s make our voices heard.

We know that our local city councils, board of supervisors, school boards, and special districts have a huge impact on the communities where Contra Costa children live, play, and grow. We asked our Leadership Council to come up with some ideas for questions that we can ask at candidate forums and in other settings to raise awareness about our issues and find out where the candidates stand. Here are some ideas – we hope you’ll use them leading up to November 3rd!

  • How have you demonstrated your commitment to young children and families?
  • If elected, what will you do to advocate for the needs of young children and families?
  • Many Contra Costa families struggle to meet basic needs, including housing and food security. What will you do in your role to remove barriers for families?
  • What organizations serving young children and families do you have relationships with?
  • What will you do to build strong community partnerships?
  • What are your top priorities, and how do they impact children and families?
  • What is your vision for long-term investments in children ages 0-5?
  • What are the top 3 issues you plan to tackle if elected?
  • What are you doing / will you do to hear and respond to the needs of your constituents?
  • How do you bring equity into your work, your leadership, and your decision-making process?
  • What communities are you accountable to?

Together, we can advocate for the best representation for communities across Contra Costa!


Welcome Chelsea Rae!

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Healthy & Active Before 5 has a new Program Associate! We are excited to welcome Chelsea Rae Sudweeks to our team. Most recently, Chelsea Rae worked at Planned Parenthood as a volunteer coordinator and health educator. She also led a program that connected teenage mothers with education and resources in the community.

As Program Associate, Chelsea Rae will be leading HAB45’s Pledge the Practice, Pass the Policy initiative. She will also manage evaluation projects and communications for the collaborative. We are so glad to have Chelsea Rae with us, and we hope all of our partners will have an opportunity to meet her soon!