First 5 Fresno County is a public organization that was created in 1998 when California voters passed Proposition 10, known as The Children and Families Act.

Our goal is to ensure that all children 0-5 are born healthy and raised in nurturing homes and communities where they can grow up healthy, and reach their full potential.

All children 0-5 years old will achieve optimal social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

First 5 Fresno County will be a catalyst for creating an accessible and effective network of quality services for young children (0-5 years old) and their families.

First 5 Fresno County integrates the following values into our work and makes decisions in the best interest of the children and families by:

Being respectful, honest, objective, fair, ethical, and sensitive to families served and partnering organizations

Having open, accessible and transparent operational procedures

Being responsive to emerging community needs by remaining flexible and supporting innovative and creative solutions and approaches

Approaching work with passion and commitment to improving the lives of Fresno County’s youngest children, giving them the best chance possible of developing to their full potential

How do we work?
First 5 Fresno County is led by a Commission made up of seven individuals appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Through a series of community meetings, the Commission allows the community to identify problems faced by children 0-5 and their families. The Commission then adopts a strategic plan that addresses these issues and funds programs and services that align with these plans.

Did you know?
Fresno County receives approximately $11 million per year from Proposition 10.  Since its inception, First 5 Fresno County has developed multiple strategic plans and has invested more than $100 million in local programs serving young children and their families.