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For nearly two decades, First 5 has been a leader in providing essential and effective services for California’s youngest children. Last year, First 5 county commissions invested nearly $560 million to improve the lives of over 1 million children – 1 in 3 of California’s kids. Take a look at the Association’s Investing in California’s Children overview for more information about the statewide impact of First 5.

California’s Youngest Children At a Glance

  • 3 million children ages 0-5 in California
  • 50% Medi-Cal Births
  • 24% live in poverty
  • 14% reported for abuse or neglect at least once
  • 67% are not screened for developmental delays
  • 91% of eligible infants and toddlers are NOT placed in subsidized child care