WHAT LIFE FOR OUR CHILDREN?
FIRST 5 SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY | STRATEGIC PLAN 2011-2015
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"Let us put our heads together, and see what life we shall make for our children."
- Sitting Bull
Ten years into its work the Children and Families Commission of San Luis Obispo (SLO) County (a.k.a. First 5 SLO County) has taken the time to look forward. Through a structured process of community planning the Commission has reassessed its mission and its work. The first Strategic Plan in 2000, Raising Our Future, presented a broad range of strategies and activities in sixteen areas in early childhood education, family functioning, and health. During the past ten years the Commission has narrowed its focus to five Initiatives.
This does not represent diminished responsibilities. Rather it reflects the evolution of the Commission’s approach from “wide and shallow” to “narrow and deep.” The Commission has concentrated its resources, both time and money, in the five areas that it has identified as most critical for the young children in San Luis Obispo County. These five Initiatives are: Health Initiative; Oral Health Initiative; Perinatal Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative; Special Needs Initiative; and School Readiness Initiative.
What Life for Our Children? represents an evolving vision for an integrated system of advocacy and activity in the Commission’s five Initiatives over the next five years aimed at serving our county’s children, ages 0 to 5 years, and their families. With the continuing and considerable involvement of the community, it will continue to evolve as long as First 5 SLO County is in operation.