About First 5 California

Californians believe that our state’s children are a top priority. That’s why in 1998 voters passed Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold to create First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission. First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Since its creation, First 5 California has brought these critical services to millions of parents, caregivers, and children ages 0 to 5, and we’re striving to reach thousands more every day.

First 5 California distributes funds to local communities through the state’s 58 individual counties, all of which have created their own local First 5 county commissions. Eighty percent of the annual revenues are allocated to the 58 county commissions, while the remaining 20 percent fund the state’s overall guiding programs and administrative costs. The amount of funding provided to each First 5 county commission is based upon the area’s birth rate. Funds are used to address the local needs of communities statewide.

Upcoming Events

Sacramento Marriott Courtyard Sacramento Airport Hotel

First 5 California Commission Meeting

July 27, 2017 - July 27, 2017

The California Children and Families Act, passed by voters in 1998, called for the formation of a State Commission to oversee and support the funding of education, health, and child care programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. This Commission, also known as First 5 California, works with 58 First 5 county commissions statewide to develop and fund programs for young children that are tailored to the needs of local communities.

Glendale Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale


April 10, 2018 - April 12, 2018

Mission Statement

Convene, partner in, support, and help lead the movement to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated system for California's children prenatal through 5 and their families. Promote, support, and optimize early childhood development.

First 5 California Vision

California's children receive the best possible start in life and thrive.

Contact Us

California Children and Families Commission

2389 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 260
Sacramento, California 95833
Phone: (916) 263-1050
Fax: (916) 263-1360
Email: info@ccfc.ca.gov