The mission of Kern County Network for Children is to protect and enrich the lives of children in Kern County through the commitment of all community partners by helping to build and sustain healthy families.
Our GoalsStrengthening families, thereby enriching the lives of our children
Promoting family self-sufficiency
Identifying the most critical children's issues county-wide, and developing strategies for addressing these issues
Determining gaps and overlaps in services
Sharing information about children's services and recommending ways to make them more effective and efficient
Meet Our Governing BoardThe KCNC Governing Board is a dedicated group of County senior policy makers, representatives from private business and leaders of community based organizations that explores needed changes in county policies and develops public/private partnerships to improve the lives of Kern County children and their families.
Youth Substance Abuse Prevention
Substance use often starts early. In Kern County, survey results show 18% of 7th graders, 32% of 9th graders & 39% of 11th graders report using alcohol and other drugs in the past 30 days. Because their brains are still developing, these youth are at greater risk of becoming addicted faster, longer and stronger.
It's our responsibility!
Learn how you can play a role in preventing substance abuse among Kern County youth at KernCares.Org
Welcome to the Network For Children!Created in 1992, the Kern County Network for Children (KCNC) harnesses the power of community action in meeting the critical needs of Kern County's children and families. KCNC takes pride in assisting local community collaboratives and family service agencies in developing integrated service delivery models to help identify and address the most critical children's issues in Kern County.
We believe in:
- Personal responsibility and family self-sufficiency as the cornerstones of resilient, stable communities;
- Grassroots solutions to local problems;
- Empowering local residents to address common concerns;
- Locally-based, accessible services;
- Program accountability and delivery of cost-effective services
KCNC programs and initiatives serve many functions benefiting children and families in Kern County and are carried out through the active involvement of government leaders, nonprofit agencies, organizations, businesses and private individuals.