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About First 5 Sonoma County

about First 5 Sonoma County: In November 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families First Initiative, which added a 50-cent per pack tax on cigarettes and tobacco products. As per the Act, the intent of Proposition 10 is to “facilitate the creation and implementation of an integrated, comprehensive, and collaborative system of information and services to enhance optimal early childhood development and to ensure that children are ready to enter school.”
Eighty-percent of the tax revenue is disbursed based on birth rate to the 58 counties in California to promote the early health, learning, and family support for children from the prenatal stage through five years of age.

First 5 Sonoma County has worked alongside our partners to promote optimal early childhood development since 1999. With investments totaling over $100 million over two decades, First 5 has focused on building effective, collaborative and culturally responsive programs and systems to ensure children start kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

The mission of First 5 Sonoma County is to maximize the healthy development of all Sonoma County children from the prenatal stage through age five through support, education, and advocacy.

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