First 5 San Diego Served One in Five of County’s Youngest Children

First 5 San Diego, the region’s leading organization for promoting the health and well-being of children ages 0 through 5, released its FY 2011-12 Annual Report.

The report summarizes First 5 San Diego’s key achievements. With an investment of $45.5 million in direct services for more than 85,000 children, parents, and providers, First 5 San Diego served more than one in five of San Diego County’s children ages 0 through 5.

“This extraordinary impact reflects the significance of First 5 dollars in our region,” said Supervisor Bill Horn, chair of the First 5 Commission of San Diego.

First 5 San Diego focuses on four program areas, with a high priority on investments that yield the greatest impact. Some highlights of the report include:

Health – First 5 San Diego programs provided developmental screenings to more than 13,500 children and behavioral screenings to nearly 6,000 children. Over 80% of children receiving treatment for developmental and behavioral delays showed improvement. More than 25,000 children and 5,700 pregnant women received oral health screenings. More than 90% of patients with dental disease received treatment. First 5 San Diego helped enroll more than 15,000 uninsured pregnant women and children.

Learning – First 5 San Diegocompleted the Preschool for All (PFA) Demonstration Project, which served as the basis for the new First 5 San Diego Quality Preschool Initiative. More than 7,500 children benefitted from a high-quality early childhood education across all programs. Over 90% of PFA classrooms improved in quality.
Family – Over 5,000 parents attended parent education classes. 82% of these parents reported they now know more about their child’s development.

Community – First 5 San Diego reached more than 20,450 families through community events. First 5 San Diego also funded a therapeutic child development center for homeless families and a child development center for military families.

“These positive outcomes support the key components of the County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative,” said Nick Macchione, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency director and First 5 Commissioner. “We are making sure children throughout our region are healthy, safe, and thriving.”

The First 5 Commission was established in 1999 to oversee funding from Proposition 10, a tobacco tax initiative enacted to ensure all children ages 0 through 5 develop properly so they enter school ready to succeed.

“As we move forward, leveraging funds and resources will be critical to extending the impact of our investments for young children and their families,” said Kimberly Medeiros, executive director of First 5 San Diego.

To find First 5 San Diego’s FY 2011-12 Annual Report visit AnnualEvalReport2012