Inland Empire News | First 5 San Bernardino's Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fests! [Dedicated]

September 17, 2015

By: Marissa Scheerer

Within only the first five years of life, already 90% of the human brain develops; it’s no doubt then that the first five years of life is a critical time to engage with children to facilitate their capacity for learning and continual growth.


In December 1998, actor Robert Reiner (known for his work in This is Spinal Tap, The Larry Sanders Show, Curb your Enthusiasm and Wolf of Wall Street) founded and advocated First 5—the California Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino County. Throughout the year, and our local San Bernardino First 5 branch engages with the community in many ways that value the importance of the impact that early learning and childhood development has on our children’s and society’s lives.


Since 2008, First 5 has held an annual event to fully realize the fundamental importance of the first five years of childhood development. Formerly “All Aboard the Reading Railroad,” “Talk. Read. Sing.® Fest!” will be held in two locations this year with the intention to talk, read and sing with children to close the learning gaps that are realized in later years when they mature.


At the upcoming Talk. Read. Sing.® Fests, in partnership with San Bernardino County Library, kids and families will enjoy sing-a-longs and interactive performances from musical group Twinkle Time and Friends, guitarist Dan Crow and magicians Rafael and Katia. Visit exhibitor booths for craft activities and information on resources in their community.


Each child five years and under can get balloon art, face paintings of their favorite characters AND free books to take home! First 5 San Bernardino’s Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! returns to Hesperia Branch Library on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10a.m. to 3p.m. and Highland Branch Library on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9a.m. to 2p.m.


First 5 also holds an annual water safety event for families in San Bernardino called Summer Swimfest to encourage all families with children to swim safely and heighten awareness around preventable drowning and submersion incidents, as well as a Read for the Record event in October that is still being coordinated for the west end of San Bernardino County (Ontario, Chino and Rancho Cucamonga area). This organization invests in over 30 programs across the county to address mental development, health care, education and parenting education needs that can be accessed at


First 5 is continually working on new engagement avenues for parents so that they can learn more about our families in the county. Parents and public can engage with First 5 by contacting them with their thoughts, experiences and needs on their experience raising their children (ages 0-5) in San Bernardino County, through social media, public commission meetings, e-mails, calls and even by coming out to their annual events like Talk. Read. Sing.® Fest!


Don’t miss Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! this fall! For more information on these events, visit or call (909) 386-7706.


Full Disclosure: This article is sponsored by First 5 San Bernardino, however all opinions expressed are 100% our own.