In 1998 voters passed Proposition 10, adding a 50‐cent tax to each pack of cigarettes sold to fund early childhood development programs throughout the state. With this funding, First 5 San Joaquin provides financial support for critical programs such as health, preschool and literacy programs, to ensure programs effectively meet the needs of families.
Working in partnership with San Joaquin County agencies and organizations, First 5 San Joaquin fosters the active participation of parents, caregivers, educators and community members in the lives of young children, prenatal to five years old. Since its inception, First 5 has brought critical services to tens of thousands of parents, caregivers and children and is reaching hundreds more every day. Today, First 5 continues to invest in the community by funding high quality programs and services.