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


AND HOW ARE THE CHILDREN? 

The work of First 5 San Luis Obispo County is guided by our Strategic Plan. We invite you to click on the link below-- to read our roadmap for the next 4 years (2016-2020) for our early childhood priority areas and initiatives.

http://www.first5slo.org/strategic-plan/(read more)

2016 Month of the Child



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