Policy and Advocacy
First 5 San Mateo strives to foster
We are working to ensure that everyone recognizes the importance of early childhood and embraces their role in helping children reach their potential. Our policy agenda aligns with the First 5 Association, who is working in parallel on the state level. To see policies that First 5 is currently engaged in and supporting in San Mateo County click on our Policy & Advocacy Platform.
Across the country, agencies at the county, state and federal levels are recognizing the need for additional resources to assure access to dental care, improve oral health, and integrate with overall health efforts. First 5 San Mateo has funded a dedicated Oral Health Initiative since
To support the efforts of the Oral Health Coalition, contact Emily Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build Up for San Mateo County’s Children
A new initiative designed to grow and improve the supply of child care and preschool facilities in San Mateo County. San Mateo County has a child care shortage crisis affecting families’ economic opportunities and children’s learning during critical development stages from birth to age 5. According to Brion Economics 2017 Report, 10,789 spaces are needed for children ages 0 – 4, and 5,000 spaces needed for low-income children in San Mateo County. To support efforts of the Build Up for San Mateo County’s Children Initiative, contact Michelle Blakely at email@example.com. Click here to learn more.
Quality Affordable Child Care
In 2015, child care facilities in San Mateo County had the capacity to meet just 68% of the demand for care. By 2025, this number is expected to go down to 62%. First 5 San Mateo County has a strong history of working with other organizations to address the shortage of quality early care and education in San Mateo County. To support efforts to increase quality affordable child care, contact Michelle Blakely at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more.
First 5 Association of California
The First 5 Association of California unites all 58 First 5 county commissions around a common agenda that prioritizes key impact /policy areas.
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