Welcome to First 5 Tulare County

Protect children from heat stroke

For information that can literally save life, click here.  Para obtener informacion en espanol, haga clic aqui.

2014 Hands-On Heroes Award Banquet

The 4th annual Hands-On Heroes awards were presented on April 10, 2014 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 -- The Blanket Ladies; Behavioral Health -- Sylvia Jauregui; Early Care and Education -- Esther Coronado; Exceptional Volunteer -- Sophia Mejia-Taylor; Health and Wellness -- Valerie Mitchell, RN; Parent Education and Strong Families -- Stephanie Caldera and Dolores Aldaco-Cercado.  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 $85 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

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

October 2 - Tulare County Council on Child & Youth Development Legislative Breakfast click here for info
October 4 - Lindsay Menudo & Pozole Cook-Off to benefit Lindsay FRC click here for info
October 4 - Parenting Network Family Fest click here for info
October 9 - Commission Meeting
October 18 - Tulare Community Health Clinic Health Harvest Festival click here for info 
November 4 - Network of Providers Meeting
November 6 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
November 6 - Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council Cynthia Lockhard-Mummery Conference
November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday - Office Closed
November 20 - Commission Meeting
November 27-28 - Thanksgiving 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!