If children are healthier, early care and education systems are meeting our children’s needs and families are stronger, then we will know systems for children have been changed for the better.

To help build a strong foundation for the community’s children and families, we partner with others to prioritize and improve the health, development, and well-being of the County’s youngest children.  First 5 Fresno County takes its responsibility seriously and desires to leave a legacy by helping to create a community where:

Young children and their families are prioritized by all decision-makers

High quality early childhood education is available to all children

Children throughout the county are healthier

Parents utilize and advocate for services that will give their children the best possible start in life

Organizations improve systems of care by promoting optimal outcomes for children and families

Focus Areas Of Investment

Research shows, if a child is unable to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, he or she is likely to become one of our nation’s lowest income earners, least skilled, least productive, and most costly citizens of tomorrow.  Up until the 3rd grade, children learn to read, and after that point, they begin reading to learn subject matter.  Studies prove that the predictive factors for children reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are largely being shaped in a child’s first 5 years of life.  We utilize 3rd grade reading proficiency levels across the county as the Commission’s ultimate long range desired outcome.

Learn about our Birth through 3rd Grade Challenge Effort in collaboration with local school districts.

Early Learning

High quality early education opportunities set the stage for lifelong learning and development.

Strong Families

To improve outcomes for children, we must invest in the entire family.

Public Policy & Advocacy

Systems and policies that touch the lives of young children and families must be our community’s priority.

Building Capacity

Investing in community organizations helps promote and sustain outcomes for children and families.

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