First 5 Merced County - We're Glad You're Here

For nearly a decade, First 5 Merced County and its numerous community partners, have been enhancing the lives of our youngest children so they can succeed in school…and thrive in life.

Because nothing matters more.

Research has thoroughly confirmed it – a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the earliest years of life. And so too, the greatest opportunities we have to support our kids’ future success reside in these first years, the first 5 years.

There is now unprecedented attention to early childhood health and development throughout California and the nation.

And, we are proud to be part of the movement that places children where they belong, at the very top of our priority list.

First 5 Merced County provides leadership, coordination, advocacy, and funding to support a wide range of local programs. From Planada to Los Banos, and Stevinson to Merced — and in all the diverse communities throughout the county—our efforts have a singular goal: To ensure that our kids have the best foundation for success we can possibly provide.

That’s why we are here, doing what we’re doing. Working diligently, together with our many community partners, united by a commitment to our children.


News and Upcoming Events

Nominate a Hero for Children! Do you know someone that works tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children, ages prenatal-18? Nominate them for Merced County’s 2015 Annual Hands on Heroes Program! Nomination forms are due December 12, 2014.

Family Child Care Mini-Grant Program! First 5 Merced County‘s 2014-15 Family Child Care Mini-Grant Applications are now available.  Please click this link for the Family Child Care Mini-Grants Program or click on the Mini-Grants Program button for more information.

Save The Date! The Early Educators Conference. Please check First 5 website for conference information in 2015..

Child Signature Program! CSP 1 and 2 Conscious Discipline training coming January 2015, please check First 5 website.

First 5 Merced County Commission Meeting:  The First 5 Commission will meet on the third Monday of October. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 20th, 2014, at 5:30 PM at First 5 Merced County Office. 676 Loughborough Drive. Merced, CA 95348.

 

First 5 TPAC (Technical/Professional Advisory Committee) Meeting:  The First 5 TPAC will meet Thursday, November 21, 2014, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the First 5 Merced County Offices, 676 Loughborough Drive, Merced, CA 95348. This is an open meeting and everyone is encouraged to attend!

 

 

Child-Art
A child enjoying the free art activities at the “Plug-In to the Power of Preschool” event, Los Banos, October 2007.

Contributions To Our Community

While much remains to be done and new challenges arise almost daily, we are proud of our accomplishments to date.

  • Since our inception, First 5 Merced County has provided over $64 million in funding to support local Merced County programs and services. Because First 5 funds cannot be used to replace other existing funding streams, First 5 Merced County supports only critical services for which no other public funds exist. Through the strengths of our community partners, literally thousands of Merced County children and families have been served. In just the last three years (2007/08 - 2009/10), services have been provided to:
    • 34, 698 children (birth – 5 years) 28,236 parents/expectant parents
    • 5,111 providers/caregivers of children 0 - 5 years.
    Funding has been provided to 83 different agencies (116 programs) and organizations to support services in nearly every community throughout the county. First 5 Merced County has minimized costs to administer First 5 funds. First 5 Merced County has maximized funds going into the community, while creating a minimal reserve and assuring stability of funding over time.
  • Committed, stable leadership has been provided by our 9-member Commission, representing the diverse needs in our communities.

 

 


Organizations and Events First 5 Helps Sponsor and Partnerships

Merced Art Hop

MCOE - 12th Annual Lights On After School Festival

United Way of Merced County - Pedal Merced Family Bike Festival

Atwater Relay for Life

Knighs of Columbus - Livingston Kite Festival

Central California Child Development Services - Easter Seals Training Modules

Fruitland Christian Preschool - 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival

Down Syndrome Assoc. of Central CA - Annual "Five and Under Reception"

Livingston Medical Group - 2014 Community Health Fair

Building Young Leaders - Youth Performs The Empty Pot, a Tale of Integrity & Courage

United Way of Merced County - Building Healthy Communities

City of Merced - Swimming Lessons

Merced County Spring Fair - Little Hands for Ag

Merced County Fair - MC Fair to Support DO 4 and CBOR

Merced County Parks and Recreation - Movie at the Park - Dos Palos

Dos Palos Oro Loma Jt. Unified School District - Activities at the Movie at the Park Dos Palos

 

County Holidays