Californians believe that our state’s children are a top priority. That’s why in
1998 voters passed Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes
sold to create First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families
Commission. First 5 California is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s
young children and their families through a comprehensive system of education, health
services, childcare, and other crucial programs. Since its creation a decade ago,
First 5 California has brought these critical services to millions of parents, caregivers,
and children ages 0 to 5, and we’re striving to reach thousands more every day.
First 5 California distributes funds to local communities through the state’s 58
individual counties, all of which have created their own local First 5 County Commissions.
Eighty percent of the annual revenues are allocated to the 58 County Commissions,
while the remaining 20 percent fund the state’s overall guiding programs and administrative
costs. The amount of funding provided to each First 5 County Commission is based
upon the area’s birth rate. Funds are used to address the local needs of communities
For more information about statewide efforts, contact First 5 California at