The Commission

The First 5 Fresno County Commission is made up of seven commissioners and a staff that carries out the Commission’s work. Commissioners are appointed by members of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and include representatives from the Board of Supervisors, County departments, and individuals who have an expertise in serving children and families.

Commissioners meet monthly and they serve two-year terms and can be re-appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Meet the Commissioners

How it works

Commissioners are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. To become a Commissioner, the legislation dictates:

Two members must be the persons responsible for management of the following county functions: children’s services, public health services, behavioral health services, social services, and tobacco and other substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

One member must be a County Board Supervisor.

The remaining members must be from the following categories: recipients of project services included in the county strategic plan; educators specializing in early childhood development; representatives of a local child care resource or referral agency, or a local child care coordinating group; representatives of a local organization for prevention or early intervention for families at risk; representatives of community-based organizations that have the goal of promoting nurturing and early childhood development; representatives of local school districts; and representatives of local medical, pediatric, or obstetric associations or societies.

Want to become a Commissioner?

If you meet any of the qualifications above, please apply through the County of Fresno.

We believe that the health and well-being of children determine the prosperity of the community. We will
always act in the best interest of children and consider the “whole child” including cognitive, social,
emotional and physical needs.

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Guiding Principle #1
Guiding Principle #1Child Centered

We will view children in the context of their families and honor and support families. We will support services that are provided where children live.

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Guiding Principle #2
Guiding Principle #2Family Focused

We will invest, whenever possible, in evidence-based and promising practices. We will maintain the highest standards of quality in our work and require that our funded partners provide the highest quality programs possible.

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Guiding Principle #3
Guiding Principle #3High Quality

We will utilize community input to ensure that we make decisions based on the needs of the community.

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Guiding Principle #4
Guiding Principle #4Inclusive

We will be good stewards of the funds that First 5 Fresno County is charged with distributing. We will hold ourselves and our funded partners to the highest standards of fiscal and program accountability.

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Guiding Principle #5
Guiding Principle #5Accountability

We believe that we must focus on achieving and sustaining outcomes for children. We will make every effort to make sustainable investments.

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Guiding Principle #6
Guiding Principle #6Sustainability

We believe that we must work in partnership with existing community-based organizations that share our values and principles. We will support collaboration wherever possible to achieve our desired outcomes for children.

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Guiding Principle #7
Guiding Principle #7Partnership-Based