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

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)

More momentum on the importance of early childhood literacy! And right in line with First 5 California's Talk.Read.Sing. campaign! Because our words have the power to shape their world! (read more)

April Is All About Our Children & Families!

Lifting Up Our Little Ones!

April is Month of the Child & Child Abuse Prevention Month, as proclaimed by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors! First 5 SLO County, as well as all of its partners, invite you to save... (read more)

2015 Hands-on Heroes & Champions of Youth Announced!

Congratulations to the 2015 Hands-on Heroes & Champions of Youth Award Winners! Here they are:

Children’s Health Hero: Barbie Bliss, Public Health Nurse, Grover Beach Health Dept.

Family Support Hero: Laurie Morgan, South... (read more)

Deadline Extended! - Hands-on Heroes Nominations

Need more time? We've got your back... & your Hero's, too!

WHAT: Deadline Extended for 2015 Hands-on Heroes Awards

DUE: Wednesday, February 18th

WHO: Folks in our county who work with great passion & dedication to improve... (read more)

Are you a champion for children?! Join the First 5 Family!!!
First 5 San Luis Obispo County is seeking three Commissioners:  2 Community At-Large Rep & 1 Medical Rep!  Learn more about our mission-- the positions-- plus-- fill out an application-- at the link to your right-- here... (read more)

WHAT: 5th annual Hands-on Heroes Awards Nominations
DEADLINE: February 12, 2015
WHO: Individuals in our county who work with great passion & dedication to improve the lives of our youngest children
WHY: Because children should be... (read more)

First 5 San Luis Obispo County Overview

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