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

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 a fun celebration...... (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 5... (read more)

Drink Water Week May 4-10th, 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 the... (read more)

First 5 San Luis Obispo County is seeking an Executive Director.

Think you have what it takes to succeed?

The chosen candidate for this position is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction, and financial management for overall operations and administration to ensure children in San Luis Obispo County thrive in nurturing, respectful environments and enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Click here for more details.

Year End Video Report for 2013-2014


Drink Water Week Commercial

Childrens Bill of Rights Commercial


First 5 of California

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