First 5 Shasta is a public organization that was created in 1998 when California voters passed Proposition 10, known as “The Children and Families Act.” We partner with agencies, educators, and local groups to expand and extend our investment in healthy children, ready for school.  When children arrive at kindergarten in good health with strong basic academic, social, and emotional skills, they are more likely to succeed as they progress in school.  Success at third grade provides a measure to confirm our investments from 0-to-5 are paying off.

What is First 5?

First 5 Shasta, the Shasta Children and Families Commission, is 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. The primary purpose of the Commission is to support the healthy development of children ages 0-to-5, creating and implementing a strategic plan to guide the use of Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenues.

Our Investment

Since its establishment, First 5 Shasta has invested more than $20 million in programs and services for the local community. From 2001 to 2013, our investments 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, early literacy, and many others.

Strategic Plan

View Strategic Plan 2012-2018

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