First 5 Children and Families Commissions are dedicated to the healthy development and well-being of young children in California. Voters created First 5 in 1998 by passing Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to create a guaranteed revenue stream for children. By voter mandate we are committed to improving children’s health, school readiness and family functioning.
First 5 includes a state commission in Sacramento, independent commissions providing locally-approved programs in each of California’s 58 counties, and an association providing cooperative services to support the local county commissions.
First 5 Letter to the Mariposa Gazette (pdf)