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. (4/23/18, 9/24/18, 11/26/18)
- 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
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 Nov. & 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, 2nd Tuesday monthly, 9:30 am – 11 am (Dark in June, July, & Aug.) at Woodrow Wallace School, Multipurpose Room
- Kern Senior Network Collaborative
Aging & Adult Services, 5357 Truxtun Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Community meeting, Call for date, time and location.
- 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, 10:30 am (Jan., May, Sept.)
- 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, 4 pm (call for details)
- Oildale Community Collaborative
Standard Family Advocate Services & Resources, 1200 N. Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93308
David Stricker (661) 392-2110 ext. 106
Community meeting, last Wednesday of month, bimonthly, 8:30 a.m.
- Richardson Special Needs Collaborative
Richardson Center, 1515 Feliz Dr., Bakersfield, CA 93307
Wesley Neal (661) 636-4831 or Ana Gomez 336-5481
Community meeting, quarterly, 2 pm (5/10/18, 9/13/18, 12/6/18, 3/7/19, 5/9/19)
- 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
Community meeting, 3rd Tuesday monthly, 11:30 am (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 FRC
- Wasco Collaborative
Sunset Villas Community Center, 1950 Palm Ave, Wasco, CA 93280
Elena Contreras, (661) 758-7140
Ana Vigil (661) 334-4676
Community meeting, 2nd Thursday monthly, 8:30 am
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:
- Public recognition throughout the county as a proactive, engaged community collaborative that has agreed to uphold KCNC’s standards of excellence.
- Opportunities for regular communication and partnership with other collaboratives.
- Access to public policy makers, service providers, and others devoted to improving child well-being.
- Hands-on training and education in the provision of child and family services.
- Leadership development opportunities for grassroots leaders and community volunteers.
- Technical assistance in community development, strategic planning, service delivery, program administration, as well as research and evaluation.
- Grant writing and sustainability assistance.
- Improved communication with public agencies offering child and family services.
- Enhanced credibility with potential funders, new collaborative partners, and local policy makers.