To the Sonoma County Community:
The First 5 Sonoma County Commission is pleased to present the 2017 update to the 2010-2020 Strategic Plan. This update is intended to guide investment strategies for the next three years that support programs for children, prenatal to five, and tactics that support transition to a scaled down funding model, maximizing every dollar of revenue.
Proposition 10 represents the will of California citizens to empower each county’s First 5 Commission to dedicate funding where it is needed most in their community. As stewards of those public funds, First 5 Sonoma County’s investments must ensure that children receive the best start in life and that parents and caregivers have the tools they need to ensure their children are successful, life-long learners.
First 5 Sonoma County’s vision is that all children, 0-5, will develop to their fullest potential. Optimal child development happens when safe, inclusive communities and strong, healthy families understand and prioritize the needs of young children. First 5’s investments are dedicated to systems and services that support Sonoma County’s youngest residents during the first five years of life. Children are our number one priority.
Input from community stakeholders will always provide the foundation for understanding the unique child development needs of Sonoma County. On behalf of the Commission and staff, we thank our community partners who contributed to the development of this update to First 5 Sonoma County’s 2010-2020 Strategic Plan. We are particularly grateful for the expertise and wisdom of First 5’s Professional Community Advisory Committee (PCAC), as well as the diligence and integrity of the Strategic Planning Advisory Workgroup members.
Angie Dillon-Shore, Executive Director, and Socorro Shiels, Commission Chair