About Us

Our Story

about-imageResearch shows a child’s brain develops more during the first five years of life than at any other time, and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life. In November 1998, California voters passed a statewide ballot initiative to add a tax on tobacco products, with funds going to support a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. The following year, the Napa County Board of Supervisors established the Napa County Children and Families Commission (now First 5 Napa County) to distribute funding from California’s Proposition 10 and provide resources to support a comprehensive system of services that ensures children ages 0-5 in Napa County enter school health and ready to learn. Since its inception, First 5 Napa County has invested more than $22 million in the community.

Proposition 10

 

Proposition 10 added a 50 cent tax on all tobacco products to provide funds to support services for children 0-5 and their families. First 5 California distributes the funds to local communities through the state’s 58 individual County Commissions. Eight percent of the annual revenues are allocated to the 58 County Commissions, while the remaining 20 percent support the State’s public awareness campaign, program and policy development and enhance research and evaluation. Read the Overview.

Our Vision

 

All Napa County children will reach age six physically and emotionally healthy, learning, and ready to achieve their greatest potential in school

Our Mission

 

First 5’s mission is to improve the ability of local service providers to help children get a strong, healthy start in life. Specifically, First 5 Napa provides resources to support a comprehensive system of services that ensures children ages 0-5 of Napa County will enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Our Goals Early Childhood Learning and Education

 

Increase the quality of and access to early learning and education for young children age 0 through 5 years.

Early Childhood Health

 

Promote the prevention, early identification, and early intervention of health and development issues.

Parent and Community Education

 

Provide information and resources to parents, families and communities that strengthen and support families and ensure children have the best possible start in life.

Our Staff

Joelle Gallagher

Executive Director
joelle@first5napa.org

Sarah Barry

Contract and Evaluation Manager sarah@first5napa.org

Emily Darlington

Quality Counts and Program
Administrative Manager
emily@first5napa.org

Commissioners

Debbie Peralez, Chair


Elba Gonzalez-Mares, Vice Chair


Michele Grupe


Howard Himes


Laura Keller


Andrea Knowlton


Molly Nelson


Stephanie Paravicini


Brad Wagenknecht

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