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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.

Promoting Children’s Health through Collaborative Partnerships

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. (more…)

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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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
April 23, 2018


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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.


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


April 23, 2018, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

10th Annual Early Intervention and Inclusion Conference Equity Starts Here!
May 5, 2018


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Join us for our 10th Annual Early Intervention and Inclusion Conference at Skyline College. This year’s conference will be the biggest and best ever, as we are teaming up with the San Mateo County Office of Education and 4C’s to dedicate an entire day …


Skyline College
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066


May 5, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Strategic Planning Forum
May 9, 2018


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We would like to hear from you!  Share your experiences, ideas, and priorities as First 5 San Mateo County (F5SMC) develops its 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan. F5SMC Grantees, Community Partners and Community-Based Organizations are encourage to attend Bre …


Sobrato Conference Center
Shoreway Conference Room
350 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City


May 9, 2018, 9:30 am - 12 Noon

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