First 5 Napa County is committed to strengthening our community, parents, and caregivers with a lens of equity, respect, and social inclusion so that ALL our children are happy, healthy, and grow up with a sense of belonging.
Rainbow Family League (RFL) is a bilingual parent/caregiver education program that supports families in talking about:
- Self and family identity
- Recognizing similarities and differences
- Understanding fairness
- Understanding advocacy and allyship
Our facilitators support each “team” of families for a 6 month season through providing:
- Equipment (including diverse children’s books with discussion prompts and family activities)
- Coaching and practice opportunities
- Community building (teammates will have the opportunity to gather virtually and in person to work on a variety of projects around our league’s themes)
What to expect from a Rainbow Family League season:
Rainbow Family League teams embark on a 6 month long “season” that includes up to 7 virtual “team practice sessions” and 3 in person practice sessions.
Participating families receive monthly “equipment bags” to practice the skills our team is learning with their families. Each equipment bag includes 2 diverse children’s books, a packet of family activities, and craft materials/supplies to complete the activities.
The practice session presentations and discussions paired with the children’s books and family activities aim to support parents/caregivers in becoming more confident and courageous when talking about race, racism, LGBTQ inclusion, and advocacy with their children.
Ultimately, we aim for these families to become actively anti-racist and join First 5 Napa County in creating a more inclusive community for all.
Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on the current season and stay tuned for information about future League opportunities!
Our Facilitators for the 2022 Season
Dr. Lori A. Watson (bio and photo coming soon)
Lilea Heine (bio and photo coming soon)
Matt Manning (bio and photo coming soon)
Jeni Olsen Mentis and ART LEAD (bio and photo coming soon)
Ongoing support for families in Napa County
During the 2021 Rainbow Family League season, First 5 Napa County supported the creation of 20+ participating Little Free Libraries with over 1000 diverse and inclusive children’s books in circulation!
The Napa Bookmine Literary Foundation will be leading this effort during the 2022 Rainbow Family League season and beyond and will continue to provide access to diverse children’s books for families in Napa County through this network of Rainbow Little Libraries.
Read more about our Rainbow Little Library project here
View a list of books available through the Rainbow Little Libraries
Find a Rainbow Little Library near you: Map
Our tips for reading diverse children’s books are also found here