This section includes a range of materials that can help county commissions with planning and implementing Prop. 10-related programs and services.

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Key First 5 Reports | Policy and Advocacy | Fiscal Management | Legal Resources | Key Partners

Infographics and Reports

A Healthy Beginning for California’s Kids – an infographic developed by Children Now and the Association – looks at the status of universal screenings for young children in California.
Developmental Screening Infographic

A number of First 5s are using kindergarten assessment tools to assess children’s readiness for kindergarten.  Here are a sampling of reports:

Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Life: An Exploration of the School Readiness of Monterey County’s Children

First 5 San Joaquin – Building Blocks for School Success: Findings From a 5-Year Longitudinal Study

Policy and Advocacy

First 5 has four policy priority areas statewide:  family strengthening; early identification and intervention; oral health; and quality early learning.  In addition, First 5 seeks to work with statewide partners to increase funding streams dedicated to early childhood health and development.  Click below to learn more about our policy goals:
Prioritizing Young Children in All Policies

Fiscal Management

The First 5 Financial Management Guide was developed by the Government Finance Officers Association in conjunction with county commissions.  The Guide is a “living document” and is revised as needed, based on changes in statute and other requirements.

This edition of the Guide was revised in 2015:  Financial Management Guide (PDF)

Legal Resources

Click below to access key legal resources for county commissions, including the California Children and Families Act, conflict of interest laws, open meeting laws, the non-supplantation provision of the California Children and Families Act, and Assembly Bill 99.

Legal Resources

Key Partners

Children Now

Children Now is the leading, nonpartisan, umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California.

California Smokers’ Helpline

The California Smokers’ Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS) is a free statewide telephone program that can help smokers, including pregnant women and parents of children 0-5, quit smoking. The Helpline is funded by Prop. 99 and First 5 California and offers self-help materials, one-on-one telephone counseling, and a referral list of other tobacco cessation programs in the county.

The Children’s Partnership

The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a national, nonprofit child advocacy organization that works to ensure that all children—especially those at risk of being left behind—have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives.  TCP works both at the national level and at the state level in California–home to one in eight children in the U.S.