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Children and Families Commission

First 5 El Dorado receives approximately $1 million annually through revenues generated by Proposition 10 passed by California voters in 1998.  These funds are used to enhance or fund new programs, services and infrastructure supportive of young children and families.  The aim is to invest effectively in a network of prevention and early intervention services for families with young children.



All children, individuals, and families will live in nurturing communities and
are ready to succeed in life.


First 5 El Dorado Children and Families Commission is committed to strengthening
children, individuals, and families by promoting and enhancing comprehensive systems.


A Strategic Plan guides the Commissions work and is reviewed on an annual basis, maximized participation from community partners for a common purpose. The Commission will: 

  • Advocate for children, and families and individuals within their community within the collective impact framework.

  • Respect the diversity, strength, identity, and potential of all children, individuals, families, and communities.

  • Address the structural and institutional practices that marginalize children, individuals, families, and communities.

  • Solicit and listen to the ideas of stakeholders and others, encouraging a reflective and open dialogue.

  • Employ a collaborative, transparent and inclusionary process.

  • Make investments that are research based, long range and visionary.

  • Focus on enhancing and supporting existing systems to achieve the Commission mission.

  • Act responsibly, making First 5 an accountable steward of public funding.


Investments are guided by an Annual Audit and Long Term Fiscal Plan:

  • Priority to maintain Early Childhood System.

  • Commission funding direct services within the annual allocation.

  • Five‐year Strategic Plan serving as the basis for decision‐making.

  • Long range fiscal plans assessed over a ten‐year period.

  • A strategic, systematic approach is taken in developing recommendations

  • Staff and contractors will continue to research opportunities to leverage additional funding.


An Evaluation Plan guides outcomes using a results based accountability framework, consistent with ordinance. The Commission has established the following overarching objective to which all other efforts should contribute: 


Systems of care effectively support communities through individual and family functioning, health, and development. 

  • Systems are person-centered, coordinated, responsive to community needs, and aligned.

  • Systems are organized to provide outreach, intake, screening, referral, and disposition with high levels of satisfaction for recipients, Community Advisories, and the community.

  • Systems are sustainable.

  • Services are adjusted based on information from service recipients and Community Advisories that allows for a rapid cycle of improvement.

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