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.

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.

Open opportunities

Finance & Administration Committee Meeting
October 2, 2017

About:

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The September 18th Finance & Administration Committee Meeting has been cancelled. Meeting packets are available for download 72 hours prior to the meeting. For meeting information contact Khanh Chau: (650) 372-9500 Ext. 223

Place:

First 5 San Mateo County
1700 S. El Camino Real, Suite 405
San Mateo, CA 94402

Time:

October 2, 2017, 9:00am to 10:00am

Program, Operations and Planning Committee Meeting
October 2, 2017

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 2, 2017, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Early Childhood Evaluation Advisory Committee Meeting
October 16, 2017

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 16, 2017, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

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