Health

First 5 San Diego Annual Report: A Win for Children

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Thousands of children under the age of 5 in San Diego County are healthier, better educated and better cared for according to First 5 San Diego’s Annual Report. The County Board of Supervisors accepted the report during its meeting Tuesday.

The organization is designed to improve the lives of children under the age of 5. First 5 receives Proposition 10 revenue from taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products.

This last fiscal year, First 5 invested more than $37 million into services and helped more than 54,000 young children and their families.

“All of the programs we are funding are hitting their marks, some are exceeding their goals,” said First 5 Chairman and Board Supervisor Ron Roberts. “It’s another productive year for helping our youngest San Diegans grow and thrive.”

First 5 focuses on four key areas: health, learning, family and community. Here are some highlights from the Annual Report:

Health:

  • Screened 17,913 children for developmental delays
  • Treated 5,053 children with developmental concerns
  • Screened 10,558 children for behavioral delays
  • Treated 2,781 children with behavioral concerns
  • Screened 23,979 children and 6,790 pregnant women for oral health
  • Treated 13,321 children and 2,662 pregnant women for oral health

Learning:

  • Provided high-quality early education for 14,175 children
  • Achieved a high-quality ranking for 96.3 percent of participating preschool sites
  • Provided professional development to 1,557 early childhood education teachers

Family:

  • Served 648 primary caregivers and 579 children with intensive home visits
  • Provided care coordination to nearly 21,000 children, parents and caregivers
  • Provided 4,885 parents and caregivers with parent education services

Community:

  • Reached over 102,000 San Diegans at community events
  • Reached 81 million views in media campaign urging parents to “Talk, Read, Sing” to children
  • Provided 57,672 health and social service referrals for families

For more information, visit First 5 San Diego or call 888-5 FIRST 5.

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact