About Us

First 5 Shasta is building a pathway to success for young children by making smart investments in early childhood. Research shows that critical brain growth and important developmental milestones take place in the earliest years of a child’s life. We’re committed to making those years count. We focus on educating parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their children’s first years. We actively engage in partnerships and fund programs, services, and activities that support optimal child development and healthy children, ready for school.

Since our establishment, we have invested more than $25 million in local efforts that have made a steady impact on systems change as well as creating, improving, and expanding programs for health care (including oral health and mental health), developmental screenings, obesity prevention, quality child care, preschool, parent education, family support services, and early literacy.

What is First 5?

First 5 Shasta (the Shasta Children and Families Commission) is a public organization that was created in 1998 when California voters passed Proposition 10, known as “The Children and Families Act.” We are an autonomous, self-governing Commission with members appointed by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. Each Commissioner is a community volunteer with specialized expertise or interest in Shasta County’s youngest children.