First 5 California has invested millions of dollars to develop programs to ensure all children grow up to reach their full potential.
Through statewide programs and public education efforts, First 5 California, along with the 58 First 5 county commissions and numerous other partners, touches the lives of millions of children and their families every year.
Since its creation in 1998, First 5 California has launched innovative programs and services designed to help young children grow up healthy and do well in school and in life.
Current efforts at First 5 California include the development and implementation of a system of resources designed to benefit children, teachers, and parents. Our Child, Parent, and Teacher Signature programs are research-based programs that integrate social-emotional development, high quality early education, and parent outreach.
The cornerstone of our strategy is to invest in high quality preschool programs that enhance the quality of care and education that children receive. Studies conclude that high quality preschool programs improve school readiness and lead to better long-term academic achievement. Furthermore, research shows high quality early education helps reduce unemployment, drug or alcohol abuse, high school dropout rates, and crime.
The Child Signature Program works to invest in high quality preschool programs that enhance the quality of care and education that children receive. CSP is designed to draw on First 5 California's current partnership with the Educare quality learning model. Studies conclude high quality preschool programs improve school readiness and lead to better long-term academic achievement.
Teacher quality is a powerful indicator to a child's learning success. And by improving their training and education, we provide children with improved interactions that nurture them through formative developmental stages.
First 5 California's Comprehensive Approaches to Raising Educational Standards (CARES) Plus program works to enhance teacher training and professional development to retain the most educated and trained teachers for our youngest students.
Parents are a child's first and most important teacher, and by improving the ways families function, children are more likely to be self-assured and ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, making it vitally important that we provide parents with the resources and information they need to be the best parents they can be.
Our public education and outreach efforts target hard-to-reach and low-income populations through the following effective media approaches: