Building Resilient Families through El Dorado County Community Hubs

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 12, 2018 / comments

[EDCOE. Community Hub 2 Team (Cameron Park). Pictured (left to right): Shelley Grimwood, BSN, RN, (Public Health Nurse), Jazmine Victoria (Community Health Advocate), Jesus Cordova (Family Engagement Specialist), Marni Price (Early Childhood Literacy Specialist)]

Families, community members, and local dignitaries came out to support the official opening of Community Hubs, an innovative and collaborative project in El Dorado County that is connecting parents to resources and building strong, resilient families. Ribbon Cutting events took place during February 2018, at each of the five Community Hubs located throughout the county to recognize and celebrate the Hubs and their Teams.

Each of the Ribbon Cutting events included a warm welcome from Library Director, Jeanne Amos, the reading of a Board Proclamation from a District Supervisor that demonstrates the County’s commitment to the Community Hubs project, and an introduction of the Community Hub Team members. The celebrations finished off with dozens of moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, and children joining the weekly story time -- one of many activities for families with children birth through 18 years of age at the Community Hubs.

There are five Community Hubs, serving families in each of the County’s supervisorial districts and surrounding areas of El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Placerville, Georgetown and South Lake Tahoe. Each Community Hub is staffed by a team of caring and professional family engagement, literacy and health specialists. Hubs offer classes, groups, and activities for expectant parents and families with children ages 0-18. Families can find weekly story times, playgroups, parenting tools, and workshops, health and developmental screenings, referrals to community resources and more, all at no cost to the families.

County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, joined members of the community in support of the official opening of the Community Hub in Cameron Park and expressed, “Thank you to all of our partners who made this possible and to our EDCOE team members who will ensure these facilities help to meet the needs of our families.”

“We are very excited about the Community Hubs project, and we truly believe it will make a difference in our communities across El Dorado County,” said Ginger Swigart, Chair of the First 5 El Dorado Commission. “Research shows that relationships are the main ingredient that helps all of us overcome tough times. Community Hubs build connections and provide critical support and resources to parents, and opportunities for children to socialize, learn and make friends.”

Community Hubs are a collaborative partnership between the El Dorado County Library, El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency’s Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Program and Mental Health Services Act Program, the El Dorado County Office of Education’s Early Care and Education Planning Council and Child Abuse Prevention Council, and the First 5 El Dorado Commission.

For more information about the Community Hubs, visit