Early Learning

The brain develops many pathways to learning before age 5.  

First 5 creates policies and systems for all kids to have the social-emotional and cognitive skills they need to succeed in kindergarten. We work to increase the supply of affordable early learning programs across our mixed-delivery system, and increase wages and professional development for child care workers. Click below to read how First 5s have supported early learners across California.

As a new family daycare provider, Niccole was solely focused on providing a safe environment where kids could have healthy food and plenty of free play. Then she received a flyer in the mail about a program for improving childcare quality…

Angela and her four children were living in a single rented room, and it was too crowded. With two young boys not yet in public school, she turned to Beck Child Start, a Head Start child center partially funded by First 5 Solano…

It is Eduardo’s first day of school as a Transitional Kindergartener. When his mother, Araceli, opens the door to her son’s classroom, she is anxious and confused. Eduardo’s teacher explains that there is a Family Resource Center on campus….

Like many families, Rebekah was faced with a tough decision when her children were young—stay home or return to work. Needing income yet unable to afford child care, she started caring for her niece and nephew to supplement her family’s bottom line…