The First 5 Difference

Timing is everything: A child’s brain grows to 75-90% of its full size during the first 5 years of life!

Our vital work for children's first 5 years helps ensure that children and their parents are healthy, nurtured, and well prepared for kindergarten.


Preparing for the Future

The School Readiness Initiative ensures children are ready for school and schools are ready for children by providing quality early care and education services, providing parental support and education, and increasing a school's readiness for children.


Supporting Families

As most parents know, a healthy child is not always happy, but an unhealthy child will eventually lead to an unhappy family.  First 5 SLO County wants to see all families living happy and healthy lives.  To that end we invest in programs that impact family health at the earliest possible age.


News & Updates

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation

The “Raising of America,” a new and compelling documentary special, seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation about how conditions faced by children and families during infancy and the early years—can literally alter the developing brain and affect a child’s future success—in school and life.... (read more)

First 5 School Readiness on COE-TV!

In the Spotlight... Check out one of First 5 SLO County's School Readiness programs.. as profiled by our County Office of Education! "Your Students, Your Schools" starts running on COE-TV October 14th, 2015! Thank you to our partners.. who deserve so much credit.. for all the smiles.. and success stories! May... (read more)

Raising of America Documentary Trailer

Raising of America documentary trailer

First 5 San Luis Obispo County Overview

Drink Water Week Commercial

Childrens Bill of Rights Commercial

“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
- Nelson Mandela