We generate significant and lasting returns on the investment in our children. There is a wealth of research that proves early childhood investments offer the greatest return—for the child, the family and the community.
“The earlier the investment, the greater the return on investment.”
First 5 San Mateo County provides financial and technical support to promising evidence-based programs in our priority areas of childhood health, early learning and family engagement.
Our team continually analyzes data to understand the current environment and provide a clear and complete picture of our county community. Program investments are purposefully diversified to strengthen what’s working, fix what’s not and ensure equity for all.
Funded programs surround families with an early childhood system to ensure that:
- Children are healthy and ready to learn
- Parents and caregivers are better able to care for their families
- Families have access to services they need through an expansive network of providers and partners
- Everyone recognizes the importance of early childhood and embraces their role in helping children reach their potential
Through a holistic approach, we make life better now and lay a foundation for the future.
Data collected from families who participate in First 5 F5SMC-funded programs/services provides a snapshot of the needs that many families of young children face countywide. Between October 2009 and June of 2015, F5SMC provided intensive services to more than 3,600 families with young children in the County.