First 5 California connects families to the services and support
they need to give their children a healthier tomorrow. For more
information about resources available in your community, visit your
First 5 county commission.
The FREE Kit for New Parents is packed with the latest information on everything from prenatal care to finding a quality preschool. This award-winning Kit includes: an educational DVD, Advice for New Parents reference book, Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel board book, and much more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.
Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This public health insurance program pays for a variety of medical services for children, pregnant women, and other adults with limited income and resources.
Healthy Families is low-cost medical insurance for children and teens. It provides affordable health, dental, and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal.
WIC is a health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC provides checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services.
The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, provides nutrition assistance to people with low incomes. It can help buy nutritious foods for a healthier diet.
Steps for Kids guidelines help
parents determine which car seat or booster seat is best suited to protect children based on age and size.
California state law requires kids to stay in a booster or car seat until they are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall. Studies show booster seat use significantly reduces the risk of injury for children 4 to 8 years old compared with seat belt use alone. Learn more about booster seats.
The California Poison Control System provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and referral in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.
The Paid Family Leave insurance program provides up to six weeks of benefits for parents to bond with a new child.
The California Child Care Resource & Referral Network has agencies in every county in California that provide free information on choosing child care, referrals to child care centers, and information on how to pay for child care.