Welcome to First 5 Tulare County

2015 Hands-On Heroes Award Banquet

The 5th annual Hands-On Heroes awards were presented on April 23, 201 to individuals in the community and a First 5 organization selected for their outstanding service to the populations they serve.  The award honors selfless and passionate support, through recipients’ work or volunteer activities, of Tulare County’s children ages 0 through 5. 
Honorees are:  Outstanding Provider -- Sierra View Medical Center; Behavioral Health -- Kim Weeks; Early Care and Education -- Edie Nugent; Exceptional Volunteer -- Julie Scaife and Sue Pierce; Health and Wellness -- Karen O'Connor. RDH; Parent Education and Strong Families -- Lupita Aguayo; and Honorary Award -- In memory of Patricia Howell, RN.  Congratulations to all!

About First 5 Tulare County

First 5 Tulare County is an independent public agency aimed at promoting, supporting and improving the early development of children during their first five years of life. The Commission accomplishes its goals by partnering with the community — organizations and agencies both large and small—to develop new programs and link existing programs in innovative ways to ensure children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school.   
First 5 Tulare County was created when California voters passed Proposition 10, the Children and Families Act of 1998, adding a 50 cents per pack tax on tobacco products. With about $6 million a year in Proposition 10 funds, First 5 Tulare County has created a number of hands-on programs with impressive results that target physical and mental health, oral health, literacy, parenting skills and school readiness.
Since its inception, First 5 Tulare County has allocated more than $94.5 million to schools, community groups, hospitals and day care centers, all working together to strengthen Tulare County, one child, one family at a time.

Programs, activities, and services provided or funded by First 5 Tulare County will move our community toward the following results:

  1. Children are mentally and physically healthy
  2. Children are ready for school
  3. Families are knowledgeable and able to promote their children’s development
  4. Services are culturally appropriate, integrated, and collaborative

First 5 Tulare County Program and Financial Reports

On October 9, 2014, the First 5 Tulare County Commission held a public hearing to review and approve the 2013-2014 program report and financial audit as required by the California Children and Families Act of 1998 (Proposition 10).


Annual Program Report to First 5 California:


The annual report to the state addresses how Proposition 10 funds are spent; the progress toward and achievement of program goals and objectives; and the measurement of outcomes.  Overall, 24,640 young children were helped in some way by a First 5 Tulare County program during the year.  An additional 22,993 caregivers received services such as parent education, breastfeeding support, and case management focused on strengthening their families.  A comprehensive local annual report providing program-specific information will be presented to the Commission early in 2015.


Financial Report and Audit for 2013-2014:


The firm M. Green and Company performed an independent audit of First 5’s financial statements which were found to present fairly the organization’s financial position for the year ending June 30, 2014.  Additionally, the auditors did not find any deficiencies in internal control or find any instances of noncompliance with laws, regulations, contracts, or grant agreements.

Why we do what we do:
The children of Tulare County will thrive in safe supportive environments and enter school healthy and ready to learn so that they may grow into adulthood prepared to contribute as valued members of our community. 

What we are here for:

First 5 Tulare County will enhance the early development of Tulare County’s children by providing direct services, funding partner organizations, and strengthening an integrated system of care serving children prenatally through age five and their families without regard to income.

What's New

May 19 - Network of Providers Meeting (new date!)
May 14 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
May 25 - Memorial Day Holiday: Office closed
May 28 - Commission Meeting
June 11 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
June 25 - Commission Meeting
July 3 - Independence Day Holiday observed: Office closed
August 13 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
August 27 - Commission Meeting
September - Date TBD Commission Retreat
September 1 - Network of Providers Meeting
September 7 - Labor Day Holiday: Office closed
October 1 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
October 15 - Commission Meeting
November 3 - Network of Providers Meeting
November 5 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
November 11 - Veterans' Day Holiday: Office closed
November 19 - Commission Meeting
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday: Office closed
December 24-25 - Christmas Holiday: Office closed

2-1-1 Tulare County

2-1-1 is a non-emergency phone number that connects our community with resources, services and volunteer opportunities. It is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To access this service, dial 2-1-1 from your telephone, or click here to access the website.

Oral Health Publication

If you would like copies,
please contact First 5.
Click below to read

Kit for New Parents


For more information, or to
order an English or Spanish
Kit for New Parents -- click here!