First 5 San Francisco has a 18 year history of investing in San Francisco’s youngest children, their families and the providers who work on their behalf. Investments are made possible with revenue from the California Children and Families Act (Proposition 10) and Proposition H, a charter amendment that led to the creation of the city’s universal preschool initiative. First 5 then redistributes this revenue back to the public through oversight of over 200 community grant programs dedicated to the well-being of children and families.
Over the past 18 years, First 5 has emphasized strengths-based, equity-focused programs and services backed by solid research and evaluation. In order to effectively close the divide that persist within the city, all initiatives weave together complementary strategies intended to improve universal access to valuable services, while also achieving the highest levels of service quality and striving to be inclusive of those most in need. Our commitment has revolved around the understanding that the best way to create a fairer and more equitable city is to make sure every baby and young child has what he or she needs to grow and learn.