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Supervisor Pam Slater-Price Named Chair of First 5 Commission

pamslaterSAN DIEGO, Calif. — (January 31, 2011) — On January 10, Supervisor Pam Slater-Price returned for her third term as First 5 Commission Chair.  Slater-Price was the first Chair when the Commission was initiated in 1999 and served again in 2005.  She opened the first Commission meeting of 2011 by expressing her support of First 5 San Diego services. 

 “I am delighted to be back as Chair of First 5,” said Supervisor Slater-Price.  “First 5 San Diego programs and services make a tremendous impact on young children and their families.”

Under Slater-Price’s leadership in 2005, First 5 San Diego implemented the Oral Health Initiative (OHI), a program which provides dental screening, examinations and specialty care for young children and pregnant women without dental insurance.  Since its inception, the program has reached over 80,000 children and nearly 9,000 pregnant women. 

 Slater-Price also led the Commission when the Preschool for All (PFA) demonstration project was launched in 2005 and helped to shepherd its success.  As a result of this project, more than 10,000 children have received the benefit of an enriched early education environment.  Now in its fifth and final year, findings from the project will be used to develop the Commission’s future preschool initiative.

 A former teacher, Slater-Price is a vocal advocate for children and youth and recently co-authored the updated Childhood Obesity Action Plan for San Diego County.  The plan is intended to serve as a “Call to Action” to inspire agencies, institutions and neighborhoods to recognize the importance of nutrition and physical activity.

 “We’re looking forward to a great year with Supervisor Slater-Price as Chair of the Commission,” said Barbara Jiménez, executive director, First 5 San Diego.  “Her leadership will be a great asset in supporting the Commission’s vision that all children are healthy, are loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners.”

 Supervisor Slater-Price was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1992.  She proudly represents District 3 which includes the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido and portions of 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 5 years of life to the well-being of children, families and society. The ultimate goal of the Commission’s work is that all children ages 0 to 5 are healthy, loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners. Learn more at first5sandiego.org or call toll-free 1 (888) 5 FIRST 5.

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