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.

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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.

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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.

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News & Updates

Open Dec. 1st: 2015 Hands-on Heroes Awards Nominations!


We're holding out for some Heroes!!! Do YOU know one?! 


WHAT: 5th annual Hands-on Heroes Awards Nominations
WHEN: Open December 1st!
WHO: Individuals in our county who work with great passion & dedication to improve the lives of our youngest children
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An Education in Immunization!


How can we best protect our little ones from illness? It's a timely topic as children head back to school! First 5 SLO Commissioners and Pediatricians Dr. Penny Borenstein & Dr. Mike McNerney recently helped to lead this important dialogue on KCBX's "Central Coast Voices." Click the link below to listen!... (read more)

2015 Hands-on Heroes & Champions of Youth Dinner


We're already planning! Can we count on you?! Please mark your calendars for next year's Hands-on Heroes & Champions of Youth Awards Dinner: April 23rd, 2015 at Embassy Suites in SLO. You'll find more information... including a photo gallery of this year's event... right here on our website! Such... (read more)


Our Children, Our Future! SAVE THE DATE!

WHAT: 1st Annual Child Health, Education & Care Summit

WHEN: Sacramento, CA (DoubleTree by Hilton)

WHEN: February 10-12, 2015

Professional development, networking, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, workshops & more! First... (read more)

Drink Water Week May 4-10th, 2014!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2014

H2Only! Stop Pouring On the Pounds Support Drink Water Week!


WHAT: Drink Water Week

WHEN: May 4th-10th, 2014

WHERE: All Across San Luis Obispo County!


WHO: Everyone-- -it's... (read more)




Lifting Up Our Little Ones: Local Heroes Honored During Month of the Child!

(San Luis Obispo, CA) " San Luis Obispo County showed its continued commitment to the care of its youngest citizens, as more than 200 people turned out atEmbassy... (read more)

First 5 San Luis Obispo County Overview



Year End Video Report for 2013-2014



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