Conditions of Use

Thank you for visiting First 5 California’s web site and reviewing our Use Policy. You should also be aware that First 5 California has a Privacy Policy, also available on this web site. First 5 California wants you to know about the collection, use, security, and access to information that may be obtained through use of First 5 California’s web portal. By visiting this web site, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this Notice. This Notice covers the following topics:

  • Personal Information and Choice

  • A Special Note about Children

  • Information Collected and How it is Used

  • What Happens to Information You Submit to Us

  • Use of Internet Request for Assistance Form Information

  • Communications

  • Order Forms

  • Public Disclosure

  • Personal Information

  • Automatic Collection of Information/Cookies

  • Security

  • Links to Other Sites

  • Limitation of Liability

  • Ownership

Please note that this Use Policy is subject to change without notice, and that it reflects First 5 California's current business practices. This policy is dated January 11, 2012.

Also note that each department within the State may have additional privacy and use policies specific to the mission and needs of its work. Be sure to review those policies as you access additional sites within the State.


"Personal information" is information about a natural person that identifies or describes an individual, including, but not limited to, his or her name, social security number, physical description, home address, home telephone number, education, financial matters, and medical or employment history, readily identifiable to that specific individual. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information, however, it is considered “electronically collected personal information."

According to Government Code § 11015.5., “electronically collected personal information” means any information that is maintained by an agency that identifies or describes an individual user, including, but not limited to, his or her name, social security number, physical description, home address, home telephone number, education, financial matters, medical or employment history, password, electronic mail address, and information that reveals any network location or identity, but excludes any information manually submitted to a State agency by a user, whether electronically or in written form, and information on or relating to individuals who are users, serving in a business capacity, including, but not limited to, business owners, officers, or principals of that business.

“Electronically collected personal information” that we automatically collect includes your domain name or Internet Protocol address, and statistical information about which web pages you visit. If you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for specific information (i.e., completing a request for assistance, personalizing the content of the web site, sending an email, or participating in a survey) more detailed data will be collected. If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the web site.

If any type of personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, State law, including the Information Practices Act of 1977, Government Code Section 11015.5., and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information may be a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not otherwise protected by federal or State law.


Children are not eligible to use services that require submission of personal information, and we require that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us. This includes submitting personal information to First 5 California as part of a user profile or personalization profile. If you are a minor, you can use these services only if used together with your parents or guardians. If you are a minor, you should seek guidance from your parents.

If First 5 California decides to begin collecting personal information from children, it will notify parents that it is being requested, disclose the reasons for collecting it, and disclose our intended use of it. First 5 California will seek parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information. If it does collect it, parents may request information on the type of data being collected, view their child’s information, and, if they choose, prohibit First 5 California from making further use of their child’s information. First 5 California will not provide personal information about children to third parties.


We do collect personal information directly from individuals who volunteer to use some of our services. Collection of this information is required to deliver the specific services, but use of these services is voluntary.

If you do nothing during your visit to the web site but browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used, but not the email address.

  • The Internet Protocol Address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you and generate statistics used in the management of this site;

  • The type of browser and operating system you used;

  • The date and time you visited this site;

  • The web pages or services you accessed at this site;

  • The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site;

  • The web site you visit as you leave this web site; and

  • If you downloaded a form, the form that was downloaded.

The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. This information does not identify you personally and is used for gathering web site statistics. The information we automatically collect and store in our logs about your visit helps us to analyze our web site to continually improve the value of the materials available. Our web site logs do not identify a visitor by personal information, and we make no attempt to link other web sites with the individuals that browse First 5 California’s web site.

Government Code § 11015.5.(a)(6) prohibits all state agencies from distributing or selling any electronically collected personal information, as defined above, about users to any third party without the permission of the user. First 5 California does not sell any “electronically collected personal information.” Any distribution of “electronically collected personal information” will be solely for the purposes for which it was provided to us. First 5 California may provide or distribute certain lists and statistical reports of regulatory information as provided by law, but no personal information is sold or distributed, and all relevant legal protections still apply to First 5 California’s web sites.


If you choose to submit information to us, the information will be transmitted through secure lines to our departmental database. Any private information will only be used for the purposes for which it was provided and will not be shared with another entity except as prescribed by law. Please see our Privacy Policy for additional information.


Any information you provide to us will only be shared with other entities as necessary. Information you provide may be included with other consumers’ information to be used for statistical reporting, trending data, and/or investigative actions. For example, we may need to retain information that becomes part of an enforcement action or consumer complaint case for a period of time after the closing date of the case. If you provide us with information regarding an issue that does not fall within our agency jurisdiction, we may refer your information to the appropriate local, State, or federal agency on your behalf.


First 5 California values dialogue with visitors to this website and welcomes your comments. Any communications you transmit to this website, by email or otherwise, including any questions, comments, feedback, data, videos, photographs, images, other creative works, or the like, will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary. By transmitting such communications to this website, you automatically grant, or warrant that the owner of such communications has granted, to First 5 California a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, unconditional, unrestricted, royalty-free, transferable, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sublicense, copy, distribute, create derivative works, import, display and perform such communications and materials, in whole or in part.

If you send us an email, you may choose to provide us with personal information or not. We use the given information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your email to other State employees who may be better able to help you, and this staff may be employed by a different agency within the State. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations or, as required by law, we do not share our email with any other organizations.

We use your email to respond appropriately. This may be to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve our web site, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action.


If you place an order with us, we request information from the user on our order form. A user must provide contact information (like name and shipping address) and, in some instances, financial information (like credit card number and expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your order/request. If we have trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with you.


In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by State government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public’s right to access public records. These exceptions serve various needs including maintaining the privacy of individuals. Both State and federal laws provide exceptions. All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Use Policy and the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other applicable law will control.


Under Government Code § 11015.5., if you choose, you may have any personal information collected about you discarded without reuse or distribution, provided we are contacted in a timely fashion.


Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your web browser. The main State portal does not use cookies to maintain personalization, however some departmental applications may.

First 5 California makes every attempt to avoid the use of cookies. When needed to maintain the functionality of an application, unlike the common usage of cookies, First 5 California only uses cookies during the session in which you access our interactive applications.

Cookies created on your computer by using this web site do not contain “personal information” and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying temporary tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods. However, if you turn your cookie option off, you may not be able to access some of the features in our interactive applications.


First 5 California, as developer and manager of this web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day practices of the entire State operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via First 5 California’s supported web site.


Our web site has links to sites we feel might be useful to you and which may provide services. When you link to another site, you are no longer on our site and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. Neither First 5 California nor the State of California accepts responsibility for the content or accessibility of the external websites or external documents linked to on this website. First 5 California assumes no responsibility and makes no representations, warranties, recommendations, endorsements or approvals of any kind with regard to third party web sites and their contents. First 5 California is not responsible for screening, policing, editing, or monitoring any third party Content that may be posted on this web site, even if First 5 California voluntarily undertakes such activities. If notified of allegedly infringing, defamatory, damaging, illegal, or offensive conduct, First 5 California may investigate the allegation and determine, in its sole discretion, whether to remove such Content from this web site. Despite the foregoing, First 5 California cannot ensure prompt editing or removal of questionable content after online posting. Accordingly, First 5 California shall assume no liability for action or inaction with respect to third party conduct, communication, or Content on this web site.


First 5 California attempts to maintain the highest accuracy of content on its web site. Any errors or omissions should be reported for investigation.

First 5 California makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this web site and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this web site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this web site or its hyperlinks to other Internet resources. Reference in this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by First 5 California or its employees or agents.


All content on this website, including text, articles, bulletin board postings, photos, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio, video, typefaces, HTML and software (collectively, “Content”) is the property of First 5 California or its content suppliers and is protected by copyright and other proprietary rights. You may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add to, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, display, perform or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part.

If no specific restrictions are displayed, you may make copies of select portions of the Content, provided that (i) the copies are made only for your personal, noncommercial use; (ii) you do not alter the materials in any way; and (iii) you do not delete or change any notices contained in the Content, such as copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices. Except as provided herein or as permitted by the fair use privilege under U.S. or foreign copyright laws, you may not reproduce, download, upload, post or distribute any of the Content without obtaining the prior written permission of First 5 California or its content suppliers, whichever is the owner of the copyright or other proprietary right. In addition, use of any software Content shall be governed by the software license agreement accompanying the software.

Trademarks and/or Service marks on this website may not be used, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, modified or distributed in any way. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting any license or right to use any Trademark and/or Service mark without express written permission by First 5 California.

This web site and the information it contains are provided as a public service by First 5 California. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution. This Use Policy is subject to change without notice.