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.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
In Kern County, 5 babies were born to teen mothers (15-19 years) each day during 2011--the 3rd highest teen birth rate in California. Teen pregnancy carries a high social and economical price tag for the teen, the community, and most importantly the child of the teen mother.
Most of the 1,825 babies born in 2011 will start life at a serious disadvantage and are at risk to repeat the cycle themselves.
It's our responsibility!
Learn how to prevent teenage pregnancy and support healthy youth development 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.