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

         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 at Embassy... (read more)

Join Us! April is All About Our Children!

Lifting Up Our Littlest Ones! April Proclaimed Month of the Child/Child Abuse Prevention Month
(San Luis Obispo, CA) – So many successes to celebrate, as an exciting April Awaits! It’s the   Month of the Child & Child Abuse Prevention Month,... (read more)

Congratulations to the 2014 Hands-on Heroes & Champions of Youth!!!

Congratulations to some special individuals whose outstanding daily contributions make a positive difference in the lives of little ones, prenatal to five, and beyond!

First 5 SLO and Early Learning for All (ELFA) are pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Hands-on Hero Awards... (read more)

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