Your Choices Shape Their Future

First 5 California understands today’s parents face many challenges and tough choices as they raise their kids. That’s why we’re here to help.

Our mission
Our purpose
We work to help California’s children receive the best possible start in life.
First 5 California will convene, partner in, and help lead the movement to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated system for California’s children prenatal through age 5 and their families. It will promote, support, and optimize early childhood development.
We help parents make nutritious choices that give children a healthy start to life.
Early Literacy and Language Development
A child’s ability to communicate starts at birth, so we invest in families - children’s first and most important teachers.
Smoking Cessation
Our resources offer free counseling and referral services to help parents and caregivers quit smoking.
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Wherever you live in California, a First 5 county commission is there to help you. These 58 county commissions fund local service providers, health and learning programs, and resources tailored to meet the needs of your family and community.

Below are some of the partners we work with to help secure strong futures for young California children.
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