In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the ballot initiative that created First 5 commissions in every county in the state to support the healthy development of children from birth through 5 years of age.

First 5  invests in local programs and systems-change efforts focused on young children and their families. One out of every four children in California is a First 5 kid! Last year alone, the 58 First 5 county commissions invested over $545 million to improve the lives of 984,302 California children.

Learn about our key impact areas by clicking on the links above, and scroll down to check out media coverage of our 15th anniversary.

15th Anniversary Media Coverage
For California, Solano County, tobacco tax still working, Vacaville Reporter
First 5 Nevada County: 15 years of investing in children, Western Nevada County Union
Merced’s First 5 programs invest in children’s future, Merced Sun-Star
First 5 Riverside: 15 Years for Riverside County Kids, Press-Enterprise
Tobacco-tax money shrinking–as intended, Bakersfield Californian
First 5 celebrates its first 15, Siskiyou Daily
Investing in young children vital to our economic recovery, Contra Costa Times
Kids’ agency celebrates 15 years, West
First 5 celebrates its 15th anniversary, Daily Republic
First 5 Tehama celebrates first 15, new digs, Red Bluff Daily News
First 5 Yolo celebrates 15 years of helping young children, Woodland Daily Democrat
First 5’s Year 15 report card, Bakersfield Californian
First 5 Marin’s 15 years of investing in kids, Marin Independent Journal
First 5 helps kids get out of poverty, Woodland Daily Democrat
First 5 Solano to mark 15 years of service, Vacaville Reporter
Proposition 10 and First 5 Kings County, Hanford Sentinel