READY-SET BACK 2 SCHOOLThe Kern County Department of Child Support Services believes in creating a better life for children. We host an annual event called Ready-Set Back 2 School Health and Wellness Fair. The purpose of this event is to connect families and children with community resources. During this event Kern County children receive free backpacks and free school supplies to help them prepare to go back to school. Other resources provided at the event are free childhood development screenings, nutrition education, health information, and several community service organizations.

Don’t Miss our 2023 Ready-Set Back 2 School Events in Bakersfield, Frazier Park, Delano, Lamont, Buttonwillow, Ridgecrest, and McFarland.

You can also drop off backpacks at any Valley Strong Credit Union branch now through July 22nd!

Donations, if you would like to make a donation of backpacks or school supplies for Ready-Set Back 2 School, please contact us at 866-901-3212 or email us at

Check Out Previous Ready-Set Back 2 School Events:

Thousands attend 2022 Ready-Set Back-2-School event at the Bakersfield Children's Museum


The Kern County Department of Child Support Services has many resources for parents.

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