First 5 San Mateo County understands we cannot do it alone. In order to have the greatest impact on children and families, we must leverage our resources and create strategic community partnerships. We build needed infrastructure to support our investments and develop broad-based coalitions to drive sustainable change.
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.
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…
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.