First 5 San Diego promotes the health and well-being of young children during their most critical years of development, from the prenatal stage through five years of age. Our goal is to help ensure that every child in San Diego County enters school ready to succeed.

First 5 San Diego provides San Diego’s youngest children with healthy development screenings, dental care, high-quality preschool and parenting workshops.

Who We Are

First 5 San Diego is committed to creating a system that ensures every child can thrive and learn. We provide public investment, expertise and leadership to put resources in the hands of those who care for our City’s children.

Our overarching goal is to strengthen the relationships essential for the healthy development of young children.  These relationships are embedded in health, learning, family and community settings or environments.


The First 5 Commission of San Diego leads the San Diego community in promoting the vital importance of the first five years of life to the well-being of children, families and society.


The First 5 San Diego Commission holds these values:

  • Children: We honor and celebrate children and every child.
  • Parents: We support the role of parents as the child’s first and best teachers.
  • Communities: We believe strong communities help create healthy children and families.
  • Inclusion: We embrace and serve the diversity of San Diego’s communities.
  • Partnership: We collaborate to create a seamless system of care and support for children and families.
  • Results: We are committed to achieving real and sustainable results, demonstrating accountability and attaining measurable outcomes.

First 5 San Diego: Baby's First Steps


The ultimate goal of the Commission’s work is that all children ages 0 to 5 are healthy, are loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners.

Core Functions

The Commission conducts its mission through these key functions:

  • Funding services and activities to achieve desired results.
  • Advocating for policy change at local and state levels.
  • Acting as a catalyst and leader for coordinating, integrating and leveraging existing resources.
  • Building community and organizational capacity to support families.

Our Impact

This past year, along with First 5 California and other First 5 Commissions across the state, we celebrated 20 years of impact throughout San Diego County!

Celebrating 20 Years of impact throughout San Diego County

From 1999-2019


direct services for young children and their families


$34.8 Million

direct services for young children and their families



CHILDREN, parents, caregivers and providers served



Children received developmental screening

To learn more about First 5 San Diego’s recent achievements and impact, please review the First 5 Commission of San Diego Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19.

Additional information on County of San Diego Advisory Boards can be found at the links below.

First 5 Commission of San Diego Fact Sheet
County Board Policies A-72 Board of Supervisors’ Agenda and Related Processes
County Board Policies A-74 Citizen Participation in County Boards, Commissions and Committees
Health & Human Services Agency Policy HHSA-E-7 Advisory Boards