First 5 Tulare County is now accepting applications for its 10th Annual Hands-on Heroes Awards. The Hands-on Heroes program honors individuals in Tulare County who are instrumental in improving the lives of children 0-5 years old during the early years of development and ensuring every child experiences the type of early environment – at home, at child care, at school, and in the community – that will promote their overall wellbeing. 

There are six categories that will be awarded: Community advocate; exceptional volunteer; health and wellness; behavioral health; parent education/strong families; and early care and education.

Nominations will be accepted until January 14 at noon. They can be submitted online at Nominations can also be emailed to, or dropped off at the First 5 Tulare County office at 200 N. Santa Fe St. in Visalia. 

For questions, e-mail

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