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! There is no more critical time for a child’s brain development than in the first 5 years of life.  First 5 SLO County wants to give children the best start possible during these years. In life and in learning First 5 knows that a good start will make a huge positive difference over a child’s lifetime.

For over 10 years, First 5 SLO County has been an important and strong advocate for children and families on the Central Coast.  We invest in prevention, early intervention, and school readiness services so that when children reach kindergarten they are healthy and ready to learn.  First 5 continues to support and invest in children through the following 5 Initiatives:

  1. Health Initiative
  2. Oral Health Initiative
  3. Perinatal Substance Abuse Initiative
  4. Special Needs Initiative
  5. School Readiness Initiative