Small Population County Funding Augmentation (SPCFA)

First 5 California’s Small Population County Funding Augmentation (SPCFA) program provides funding to augment annual tax revenues to First 5 Commissions in counties with small populations and low birth rates.

Originally initiated in the 1999-2000 Fiscal Year, the State Commission provided additional funding of up to $200,000 to small population counties to help ensure the implementation of
Proposition 10 was truly a statewide effort. On April 24, 2014, the State Commission approved up to $12,753,961 in additional funding over three years (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017) for 20 small population county commissions with low birth rates to ensure core operations and services are sustained for children and families residing in these communities.

SPCFA participating counties agree to terms outlined in a Local Area Agreement Framework to implement successful local systems, measure outcomes and monitor progress, and demonstrate quality improvement in three focused investment areas:
  • Developmental and Health Needs
  • Engaging and Supporting Families
  • High-Quality Early Learning/Early Educator Support and Effectiveness

Intent to Fund


Local Area Agreement
Framework Implementation Plan (FIP)

Webinars and Powerpoint Presentations

November 16, 2015 First 5 Association of California Small County Summit

  • Powerpoint (December 1, 2015)
  • First 5 IMPACT: Improve and Maximize Programs so All Children Thrive "Making Connections"

June 24, 2015 MyTeachingPartner, A Professional Development Resource for Small Population Counties

May 21, 2015 Small Population County Funding Augmentation (SPCFA) 101

Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQs (June 17, 2016)

Evaluation Toolkit

Contact Information

If you would like to submit a question or comment regarding the SPCFA, you can do so by sending an email to . In the subject line, reference the specific county and program corresponding to the inquiry (example: re: Mono County dental health program)