Pictured Above: First 5 Commissioners
First 5 is a proud leader in the collective effort to support young children, both at the state and local level. We are an independent public agency created in 1998 by California’s Proposition 10, a voter-approved initiative that added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products. This revenue provides a dedicated source of funding for programs that serve children from prenatal development through age five and their families.
From health to education to family support, our work intersects all aspects of life for children ages 0-5. Our position in the community gives us a thorough understanding of what they need in order to thrive.
Every county in California has a First 5. Each is allocated money according to birth rate, and each is governed by a local board of Commissioners.
Bruce Gibson, Chair
Board of Supervisors, District 2
County of San Luis Obispo
Penny Borenstein MD, Vice Chair
Chief Health Officer
Public Health Department, County of San Luis Obispo
James Brescia, Ed. D.
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education
Department of Social Services, County of San Luis Obispo
James Forester, DDS
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry
Central Coast Dental Society
Child Development Faculty (Retired)
Cal Poly State University
Department of Social Services, County of San Luis Obispo; Children's Services Network
Family Support Services Division, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
Child Care Planning Council of San Luis Obispo County
Cambria Grammar School, Coast Unified School District
Wendy Wendt, Executive Director
Jason Wells, Associate Director
Misty Livengood, Outreach and Communications Officer
Kris Roudebush, Special Projects Administrator
Ana Plasencia, Administrative Assistant