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We know that the issues of safety, healthy families, economic development and other issues faced daily by families simply cannot be addressed by only one organization or person. Local collaboratives are not entities in and of themselves, but rather a collection of organizations and people representing businesses, government, nonprofits, schools, and community residents, all of who are passionate about children. Local collaboratives work hand-in-hand with their many partners and the Kern County Network for Children’s Governing and Advisory Boards to develop real solutions that truly meet the needs of community residents.

Most Collaboratives in Kern County have completed a Collaborative Accreditation process. Accreditation (willingly submitting to self-study and evaluation) builds commitment and fosters deeper understanding of collaboration among group members, area residents, service partners, funders, and policy makers. The accreditation process was also designed to promote a uniform child well-being agenda throughout the county. The ultimate goal of this process is to measurably improve outcomes for all children and their families.

Guide to Local Collaboratives & Family Resource Centers

Kern County’s diverse communities have set the pace for California in developing community strength through local collaboration. Neighborhood-based coalitions identify and address local issues ranging from joblessness to gang violence to graffiti removal. Many communities have brought together health and social service agencies to offer locally based family-centered services. Note: In the following list, FRC = Family Resource Center.

Please use the following contact information for Kern County’s Collaboratives. In many cases, the Local Community Collaborative also hosts a Family Resource Center (FRC) where families can access direct services.

  • 34th St. Neighborhood Partnership
    500 W. Columbus
    Lorena Medina 661-631-5895
    Community meeting, 2nd Wednesday monthly, 9 a.m. (Dark in the Summer & December)
  • Arvin Collaborative
    Arvin Union School District, 737 Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, CA 93203
    FRC: 207 South A St., Arvin (661) 854-6525
    Karen Davis (661) 854-6526
    Community meeting, 1st Thursday monthly, 10 a.m. (Call for location)
  • Buttonwillow Community Collaborative
    FRC: Buttonwillow School, 42600 Hwy. 58, Buttonwillow, CA 93206
    Susan Watkins (661) 764-9405
    Community meeting, 4th Monday bi-monthly, 1:30 p.m. (9/26/16, 11/28/16, 2/27/17, 4/24/17)
  • Delano Neighborhood Partnership
    Community Connections Center, 1842 Norwalk, Delano, CA 93215
    Linda Hinojosa 721-7036 after 9:30am (Dark in the summer)
  • East Bakersfield Community Collaborative
    Boys and Girls Club, 801 Niles St., Bakersfield, CA 93305
    Debbie Wood (661) 631-5895
    Kim Dominguez
    Community meeting, 4th Tuesday monthly, 9 a.m. (Dark in July)
  • East Kern Collaborative
    FRC: 16804 Hwy. 14, Unit C, Mojave, CA 93501
    Whitney Hughes (661) 824-4118
    Community meeting, 2nd Thursday monthly, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    DARK in July & Dec.
  • Greenfield H.E.L.P.S. Collaborative
    FRC: 5400 Monitor St., Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Jordan Green (661) 837-3720 Ext. 4270
    Community meeting, 2nd Thursday monthly, 9 a.m.
  • Indian Wells Valley Collaborative
    FRC: 825 N. Downs, Ste. A, Ridgecrest, CA 93555
    Kandi Smith (760) 375-4357
    Community meeting, 2nd Wednesday monthly, 10 a.m. at the Kerr McGee Center
  • Kern River Valley Collaborative
    PO Box 2905, Lake Isabella, CA 93240
    FRC: 5109 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella
    Sherry Lanza (760) 379-2556 x601
    Community meeting, 4th Thursday monthly, 3:30 pm – 5 pm (Dark in July, & Dec.) 3rd Thursday in November at the KRV Senior Center Vet’s Hall #2, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd.
  • Kern Senior Network Collaborative
    Aging & Adult Services, 5353 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
    Dan Marble (661) 832-1324
    Community meeting, 2nd Friday every other month (Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., Oct., Dec.,) Golden Generation Rm., 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lamont/Weedpatch Collaborative
    FRC: 7839 Burgundy Ave, Lamont, CA 93241
    Jennifer Wood-Slayton (661) 845-2724 ext. 300
    Community meeting, 1st Thursday monthly, 10 a.m. (Call for location)
  • Lost Hills Collaborative
    Lost Hills Union School District Office
    FRC: 14823 Office Lane, Lost Hills, CA 93249
    Amanda Rollin (661) 797-3042
    Community meeting, 1st Thursday of March, Sept., Dec.
  • McFarland Community Collaborative
    McFarland Unified School District, 601 Second St., McFarland, CA 93250
    FRC: Browning Road School, 410 E Perkins Ave
    Margie Perez (661) 792-1883
    Community meeting, 2nd Tuesday monthly, 3 p.m. at the FRC
  • Mountain Communities Collaborative (Frazier Park)
    FRC: 3015 Mt. Pinos Way #102
    P.O. Box 1902, Frazier Park, CA 93225
    Anne Burnaugh (661) 245-4303
    Community meeting, 3rd Thursday monthly, 5 pm (call for details)
  • Oildale Community Collaborative
    Standard Family Advocate Services & Resources, 1200 N. Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93308
    Jan Unfried (661) 392-2110 ext. 106
    Community meeting, last Wednesday of month, bimonthly, 8:30 a.m. (11/30/16, 1/25/17, 3/29/17, 5/24/17)
  • Richardson Special Needs Collaborative
    Richardson Center, 1515 Feliz Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Wesley Neal 661-336-4831
    Bill Reifel (661) 336-5482
    Community meeting, quarterly, 2 p.m. (12/8/16, 3/9/17, 5/11/17)
  • Shafter Healthy Start Collaborative
    FRC: 331 Shafter Ave, Shafter, CA 93263
    Rosa Romero (661) 746-8690
    Community meeting, 3rd Wednesday monthly, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Dark in Dec.) at the Shafter Police Department, 201 Central Valley Hwy.
  • Southeast Neighborhood Partnership Collaborative
    FRC: 1509 E. 11th St., Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Nicholas Umholtz (661) 322-3276
    Community meeting, last Thursday monthly, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
    No collaborative meetings in the months of June and December
  • South Chester Collaborative
    FRC: 800 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93307
    Debbie Wood (661) 631-5895
    Kim Dominguez
    Community meeting, 3rd Tuesday monthly, 1:00 p.m. (Dark in June, July, Aug.)
  • Taft Collaborative
    Greater West Side “Together We Can”
    FRC: 915 North 10th St., #20, Taft, CA 93268
    Sandy Koenig (661) 765-7281
    Community meeting, 3rd Wednesday bi-monthly, 4 p.m. at the Chevron Valley Credit Union, 1092 W. Kern St.
  • Wasco Collaborative
    Sunset Villas Community Center, 1950 Palm Ave, Wasco, CA 93280
    Elena Contreras, (661) 758-7140
    Community meeting, 2nd Thursday monthly Aug. – May, 9 a.m.

Accreditation Information

The Kern County Network for Children (KCNC) has received local, state, and national recognition over the past seventeen years for initiating and sustaining collaborative partnerships benefiting children and families. KCNC has taken pride in developing and implementing local community collaboratives and integrated service delivery models that are rooted in research and based on best practices. In an effort to promote excellence and ongoing improvement, KCNC has developed an accreditation process for newly emerging and established community collaboratives. Currently, twenty community collaboratives have successfully completed the Accreditation process.

Accreditation (willingly submitting to self-study and evaluation) will build commitment and foster a deeper understanding of community collaborative efforts among group members, area residents, service partners, funders, and policy makers. The accreditation process is also designed to promote a uniform child well-being agenda throughout the county. The ultimate goal of this process is to measurably improve outcomes for all children and their families. The KCNC invites all of Kern’s community collaboratives to apply for accreditation.

There are two types of accreditation offered by Kern County Network for Children:

  • Local Community Collaborative Accreditation
    This accreditation is for groups that have brought together individuals who: share a common concern for children and families in a specific geographical area, are focused on issues identified by their own community members, and have engaged key partners that can assist the community in making positive changes.
  • Local Community Collaborative with Integrated Services Accreditation
    This accreditation is for groups as described above that are also utilizing an integrated service delivery system for providing families with multi-disciplinary, strength-based case management and support services.

This accreditation process will provide community groups with the following benefits:

  1. Public recognition throughout the county as a proactive, engaged community collaborative that has agreed to uphold KCNC’s standards of excellence.
  2. Opportunities for regular communication and partnership with other collaboratives.
  3. Access to public policy makers, service providers, and others devoted to improving child well-being.
  4. Hands-on training and education in the provision of child and family services.
  5. Leadership development opportunities for grassroots leaders and community volunteers.
  6. Technical assistance in community development, strategic planning, service delivery, program administration, as well as research and evaluation.
  7. Grant writing and sustainability assistance.
  8. Improved communication with public agencies offering child and family services.
  9. Enhanced credibility with potential funders, new collaborative partners, and local policy makers.
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