Welcome to First 5 California!

We believe the optimal way to ensure a child's success in school and life is to work with our federal, state, and local partners to provide California's children ages 0 to 5, their families, and communities the very best health and early education and care services.

Research tells us that children who are healthy and have experienced a quality early learning program are more likely to 1) score higher in reading and math; 2) graduate from high school and attend college; 3) hold a job; and 4) earn more in that job. People from all different political, philosophic, and educational backgrounds agree that quality birth to 5 programs will make the difference, will pay the biggest dividend not only for our children, but for all of us.

At First 5 California, we are dedicated to work to ensure our programs in early education and health are research based, sustainable, effective, and reach children and families most in need of services. The goal for this Web site is to provide you with current information and resources regarding First 5 California, early childhood education and care, and health programs. We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can best accomplish this goal.

One of my favorite quotes is a line from a song by my friend Tom Hunter that says:

I could not agree more.

We look forward to working with all of you in serving the children and families of California.