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.

A Child is an Inspiration

A Child is an Inspiration

First 5 San Mateo County is committed to the youngest children in San Mateo County. As a First 5 San Mateo County Commissioner, a pediatrician and a father, I am inspired by my patients and their parents—especially the ones aged zero to five.

The littlest ones are the most inspiring! The parents are equally as inspiring.
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Daddy’s Tool Bag

For over a decade the mission of Daddy’s Tool Bag has been to build strong bonds between dads and their babies, providing education and products that engage dads from the very beginning. Dads who are involved with newborns are more likely to be continuous influences in their children’s lives as they grow.
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The Importance of Early Childhood Developmental Screening

Did you know that young children adapt how they play, learn, speak, act, and move as they grow? Doctors and other childcare experts measure this change and growth by a child reaching specific developmental milestones during an expected timeframe. There is room for concern about a child’s development if these milestones are not reached when expected. 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.

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First 5 Commission Meeting
December 11, 2017

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 County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive, 1st Floor Conference Room
Redwood City, CA 94063

Time:

December 11, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Program, Operations and Planning Committee Meeting
January 8, 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:

January 8, 2018, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

 
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