First 5 San Diego Celebrates 20 Years Along with Mobile App Launch Event

SAN DIEGO — Feb. 27, 2019 — First 5 San Diego, the region’s primary organization for improving the lives of children ages zero through five, celebrated their efforts to help improve the lives of children and families over the past 20 years with an open house at the Jackie Robinson YMCA yesterday. The event featured inspirational messages from Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Director and Deputy Chief Administration Officer of HHSA Nick Macchione and more, focusing on increasing the network, the premier of the new PSA video and the launch of the First 5 San Diego mobile app.

“We have dedicated 20 years supporting families and children in the San Diego region and are astounded at the lives we have touched and services we have supported and improved over the years,” said Alethea Arguilez, First 5 San Diego Executive Director. “Through our continued commitment and dedication to the children and families in San Diego county, we are re-envisioning our path forward and are excited to unveil our new app that will make our resources even more accessible to all families.”

First 5 San Diego believes healthy bodies and minds begin at home. Whether you are welcoming your first child or becoming a parent again, life with little ones can be challenging. Between providing healthy meals, playtime, exercise and reading, you may need some help keeping track of your child’s daily needs. The First 5 San Diego app allows parents and caregivers to track their child’s daily development with food, active play and more, through interactive resources available at their fingertips.

“Today’s lifestyle is demanding and constantly changing. Having the First 5 San Diego resources on a mobile app will be beneficial to all parents and caregivers,” said Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Chairwoman of the First 5 Commission. “Now with the swipe of a finger, they can track the developmental progress of their child and adapt by having instant feedback.”

In addition to the creation of the app, First 5 San Diego hit a multitude of milestones in FY17-18 that are exemplified with their award-winning Annual Report video that can be viewed here.

To learn more about the First 5 San Diego app, watch the video here. To stay up-to-date on the latest news, follow First 5 San Diego on Facebook and Instagram @First5SanDiego and Twitter @First5SD.

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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 supports parents and others to 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 zero through five are healthy, loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners. Learn more at or call toll-free 1 (888) 5 FIRST 5.