One in four children ages 0-5 in San Diego received First 5 services.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (December 15, 2014) – First 5 San Diego, the region’s primary organization for improving the lives of children ages 0 through 5, has released its Fiscal Year 2013-14 Annual Report. With an investment of $57 million in direct services for young children and their families, First 5 San Diego helped more than 90,000 children, parents and caregivers and providers. Overall, one in four of San Diego’s youngest children received First 5 services.
“The report shows that First 5 San Diego is making an important investment in our community by providing valuable assistance to our young children and their parents,” said Supervisor Greg Cox, chair of the First 5 Commission of San Diego.
The report is centered on First 5 San Diego’s strategic goal areas. Highlights include:
Screened 20,102 children for developmental delays and treated 6,477 children with concerns. Screened 6,235 children for behavioral delays and provided treatment for 3,469 children with concerns. Screened 25,234 children and 6,114 pregnant women for oral health services and provided treatment for 14,057 children and 4,834 pregnant women.
Provided high-quality early education to 13,880 children. Achieved a top quality ranking for 85% of participating preschool classrooms. Provided professional development to 2,403 early childhood education teachers.
Provided 23,162 children, parents and caregivers with care coordination services. Provided 5,269 parents and caregivers with parent education services.
Sponsored or participated in community events that reached nearly 141,000 families. Conducted a community awareness campaign that achieved more than 70 million gross impressions. Provided 82,621 health and social service referrals for families.
FY 2013-14 was the first year of operation for First 5 First Steps. The new targeted home visiting initiative provides intensive home visitation services to specific high-risk target populations including pregnant and parenting teens, military, refugee/immigrant, and low-income families. During the partial year of implementation, more than 500 caregivers and children countywide were served beginning prenatally or within the first few weeks of life.
“By taking a targeted approach, the First 5 First Steps program allows us to leverage our existing programs to achieve the greatest impact for these families,” said County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Director Nick Macchione, First 5 commissioner.
First 5 San Diego also developed and adopted a new strategic plan that will guide decisions and investments over the next five years.
“We will use this momentum to achieve the Live Well San Diego vision to build healthy, safe and thriving communities and improve the lives of San Diego’s youngest residents,” said Kim Medeiros, executive director of First 5 San Diego.
About the First 5 Commission of San Diego
The first five years of life are critical to a child’s development. These years shape a child’s success in school and in life. First 5 San Diego helps parents and others help children during these early years. The Commission leads the greater San Diego community in promoting the vital importance of the first five years of life to the health and well-being of children, families and society. The ultimate goal of the Commission’s work is that all children ages 0 through 5 are healthy, loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners. Learn more at first5.demosite.us or call toll-free 1 (888) 5 FIRST 5.