Originally initiated in Fiscal Year 1999-2000, the First 5 California 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 January 26, 2017, the State Commission approved up to $8.625 million in additional funding over four years (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021) for 20 small population county commissions with low birth rates and to ensure core operations and services are sustained for children and families residing in these communities.
In order to participate in SPCFA, 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
For more information, please see the link below regarding documents related to SPCFA funding, FAQs, reporting forms, and an evaluation tool kit. 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, please reference the specific county and program corresponding to the inquiry (e.g., re: Mariposa County—Dental Health).
2017 School Readiness Program
2017 Children's Dental Health Program
SPCFA Annual Evaluation Report Checklist
SPCFA Local Area Agreement Certification Checklist
Local Area Agreement
Local Area Agreement Checklist
SPCFA Calendar Due Dates