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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.

Wildfire Recovery Effort 2018

All of us have been watching the news of the Camp Fire with concern and sadness for those affected. In response, First 5s across California and their early childhood partners are stepping up to aid affected families with babies and young children. These devastating fires have left families, schools, and child care providers without the basic necessities they need to care for our youngest children.

To that end, The California Children and Families Foundation, the sister organization of the First 5 Association of California, has established a relief fund to support First 5 counties in their rebuilding efforts.

In the coming weeks and months, these funds (100%) will be directed to counties for recovery services, such as: mental health support for evacuated families, supplies for damaged family childcare homes and preschools, additional family programs to support children affected by the fires, and temporary child care supports. All donations to this specific fund will be used by First 5s in their communities for recovery efforts focusing on the needs of children 0-5 and their families. Click on the link or the image above to donate.

From all of us at First 5 San Mateo County, we thank you for your support.

Thinking Bigger at 20!

November 1 was a magical day, as First 5 San Mateo County staff gathered with partners and friends to celebrate two decades of thinking bigger – finding innovative ways of prioritizing children and families. With the help of the First 5 Express, Potter the Otter and our special guest Senator-magician Jerry Hill, we were able to have an unforgettable event filled with laughter, wonder and collaborative spirit. Thank you to all of the partners who joined us to celebrate. Our work is only possible through partnership, cooperation and a shared vision for children’s success, and we appreciate everyone who has been part of that.

2018 marks 20 years since California voters passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families First Act, adding a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to create a guaranteed revenue stream for children, and establishing First 5’s in every county. Since 1998, we have invested over $150 million in local programs, served nearly 100,000 children from birth through age five, and funded services for more than 8,000 parents and primary caregivers.

While we recognize there is work to be done, this event helped us commemorate 20 years of helping children and families in our county succeed. We look forward to many more years of supporting children ages 0 to 5 in San Mateo County and ensuring that their every need is met, their families are supported and their future is a priority.

 

Photos: Scott Bushman

Success for Every Child: Improving Oral Health

When a pregnant woman has a dental disease, her baby is also at an increased risk of developing a dental infection. Research has shown that without proper oral health practices and good nutrition, dental decay can begin soon after babies get their first teeth. Pain from dental disease impacts nutritional intake and tooth loss, damaged teeth, and other dental issues erode self-esteem and confidence, leading to diminished success in school.  read more…

Spotlight on Success:  Toddle & Build Up SMC

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.
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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.

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December 17th Commission Meeting and 20 Years of Community Investment Celebration
December 17, 2018

About:

Click to access meeting documents.

20 Years of Community Investment Celebration

Place:

San Mateo City Hall

Time:

December 17, 2018, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 
 
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