First 5 San Diego is the region’s primary organization for promoting the health and well-being of children during the most critical years of development – from the prenatal stage through age 5. First 5 San Diego’s vision is that all children ages 0 through 5 are healthy, are loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners.
California voters approved Proposition 10 in November 1998, which allows First 5 San Diego and other county First 5 Commissions to use a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to fund programs for children ages 5 and under.
First 5 San Diego provides no cost services throughout San Diego County including healthy development checkups, dental checkups, and high quality preschool services.
Our Healthy Development Services (HDS) program provides no cost screenings for development, speech, language, hearing, vision and behavior and referrals for treatment. First 5 San Diego’s six HDS coordinators throughout San Diego provide these services:
Central: Family Health Centers of San Diego – 619-515-2406
East: Family Health Centers of San Diego – 619-515-2463
North Central: Rady Children’s Hospital – 858-966-7510
North Coastal: Rady Children’s Hospital – 858-966-8235
North Inland: Palomar Pomerado Health – 877-504-2299
South: South Bay Community Services – 619-495-8248
To get connected, please call a HDS coordinator near you.
While First 5 San Diego does not offer childcare programs, YMCA Childcare Resource Center is San Diego’s resource and referral agency for low or no cost childcare. Please visit www.crs.ymca.org or call 1-800-481-2151.
First 5 San Diego’s programs and services are designed to help parents and caregivers support their child’s early development. First 5 San Diego provides no cost parenting workshops that offer tools and resources to help them develop effective parenting skills. To find a parenting workshop near you, call a HDS Coordinator near you or call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785).