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First 5 San Mateo is entrusted with the strategic investment of nearly $7 million of public dollars each year specifically earmarked to help children and families in our county succeed. We work on behalf of the more than 53,000 children ages 0-5 living here to ensure their every need is met, their families are supported and their future is a priority.

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Early Learning

90% of your baby’s brain grows in the first 5 years. Early experiences shape their future.

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Healthy & Happy

We’re making sure families have important resources and knowledge so kids grow up happy and healthy in San Mateo County.

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Family Connections

Parents and caring adults make the biggest impact on a child’s development. Your involvement makes all the difference.

Spotlight on Success:  Toddle & Build Up SMC

Heather Hopkins didn’t set out to become a childcare provider. But when her daughter’s flexible care facility closed, the part-time working mom saw a gap in the market that sparked an entrepreneurial journey and created a passionate advocate for quality early childhood education.
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Spotlight on Success:  Healthy Homes & Family Partnership

Lexie Munevar met Henry* and his mother Celia* when they first came to a Parent-Child Activity Group she was running at the San Mateo Medical Center back in January 2016. Henry was a shy four year old, who did not make eye contact and always sat facing away from peers during circle times. Celia suspected her child was autistic but had not been able to get a formal diagnosis. She was determined to figure out how to best support him. read more…

Promoting Children’s Health through Collaborative Partnerships

It’s been over two months since federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired. Without action by Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding soon, thousands of low-income children in California will be without health coverage come December.

The reality of children living without health insurance is one we’ve seen before in San Mateo County – and one First 5 San Mateo County fought successfully to change.

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Thank You, Commissioner Michelson!

By Emily Roberts, F5SMC Health Program Specialist

Monday, December 11 marked the final meeting for First 5 San Mateo Commissioner Lee Michelson, who will be retiring from the Commission as well as his role of CEO of the Sequoia Healthcare District in Redwood City at the end of the year. read more…

We’re sharing knowledge, leveraging resources, generating awareness and taking action.

We fund a network of passionate providers who support young children and families.

Together we are transforming the early childhood system and guaranteeing better outcomes.

Open opportunities

First 5 Commission Meeting
September 24, 2018

About:

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Meeting packets are available for download 72 hours prior to the meeting.  For meeting information contact Myra Cruz: ecruz@smcgov.org.

Place:

San Mateo Council Chamber
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

Time:

September 24, 2018, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Program, Operations and Planning Committee Meeting
October 1, 2018

About:

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Meeting packets are available for download 72 hours prior to the meeting. For meeting information call 650-372-9500.

Place:

101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Superintendent's Conference Room, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, CA 94065

Time:

October 1, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Early Childhood Evaluation Advisory Committee Meeting
October 15, 2018

About:

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Meeting packets are available for download 72 hours prior to the meeting. For meeting information contact Jenifer Clark: jdclark@smcgov.org or 650-372-9500 ext. 221

Place:

1700 S. El Camino Real
Suite 405
San Mateo, CA 94402

Time:

October 15, 2018, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

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