Welcome to First 5 California

First 5 California was created by voters under Proposition 10 to recognize that children's health and education are a top priority, especially in the early years of development.

Research shows that critical brain growth and other developmental milestones take place during the earliest years of a child's life. Making those years count is what First 5 California is all about. Our focus is to educate parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children's first years.

Since 1998, we have invested millions of dollars to design comprehensive programs that address the needs of children ages 0 to 5 and their families. Currently, our programs are centered around the child, parent, and teacher to improve early childhood outcomes in the areas of health and nutrition, early literacy and language development, quality child care, and smoking cessation.

We work with our statewide partners in each county to ensure our programs are reaching the children and families that need it most to ensure they enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Our promise is to continue to invest in services and programs that directly benefit children and families, and to advocate for a sustainable early education system for future generations.