Bay Area First 5 Commissions
Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the early years of life. This is why the Bay Area First 5 County Commissions invest in effective local health, education, family and community programs for children from the prenatal stage through age 5.
By using Proposition 10 tobacco tax funds in our local communities, the twelve Bay Area First 5 County Commissions fund programs that benefit more than 500,000 parents and children annually.
First 5 Ensures Children Grow Up Healthy
Bay Area First 5’s cover health insurance premiums for 21,000 children and provide dental screenings for 14,000 children annually. Also, over 34,000 children were screened and assessed by Bay Area First 5’s to detect disabilities &/or physical and emotional delays, including autism. First 5 ensures that these children receive any additional needed assistance or treatment to improve their long-term development.
First 5 Prepares Children for School
Annually, the Bay Area First 5’s provide 20,000 children and their parents with preschool, kindergarten readiness, and literacy programs. First 5 also invests $13 million annually towards education and training for thousands of teachers throughout the Bay area.
First 5 Policy Briefs
The Bay Area First 5 Commissions work together to support and affect policy changes at the regional, state and national levels that impact the lives of children throughout the Bay Area and the State.