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First 5 Commissioner Job Description

SEEKING: First 5 Commissioner to Represent Local Organizations Focused on Prevention and/or Early Intervention for Families at Risk

Commissioner Role and Responsibilities

The First 5 Sonoma County Commission was established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in December, 1998.  The Commission is made up of nine community and County leaders representing County and community-based health and human services agencies, County governance, K-post secondary public education systems, early care and education systems, parents and caregivers and pediatric healthcare

The Commission wishes to fill an upcoming vacant seat with an individual who meets the following criteria

  • Represents the diverse cultural, social, occupational and economic strengths and needs of our community
  • Represents one or more of the following child and family-serving sectors
    • local child care resource or referral agency or local child care coordinating group, and/o
    • local organization for prevention or early intervention for families at risk, and/o
    • community-based organization that promotes nurturing and early childhood development
  • Ability to commit to
    • Learning and applying the intent and spirit of California Proposition 10 (the authorizing legislation for the First 5 Sonoma County Commission) and the Commission’s strategic plan
    • Attend ten Commission meetings per year (usually the 4th Monday of the month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Regular participation in at least one Commission sub-committee (typically monthly/2 hours) 
    • Serve on the Commission for a three-year term 


The California Children and Families Act of 1998 was the voter-approved ballot initiative that established the California Children and Families Program and the State Commission and authorized the establishment of county commissions. The First 5 Sonoma County Commission directs the investment of more than $5 million annually in programs and services to benefit children from birth to age five in Sonoma County.

The Commission’s current Strategic Plan (2010-2020), established school readiness as First 5 Sonoma County’s overarching strategic goal and identified five program goals that support school readiness. Together, these desired outcomes guide First 5’s investments in programs and system change.

  1. Ensure the health and healthy development of children
  2. Ensure Families are supported and nurturing
  3. Ensure high quality early care and education
  4. Integrate systems and effect positive policy change
  5. Engage the entire community to support the achievement of First 5 Sonoma County goals

Reimbursement of Expenses

To offset costs of participation, Commissioners may receive:

  • $75 per diem for meetings and half day events
  • $125 per diem for whole day events and meetings
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Reimbursement for the cost of child care necessary to attend Commission and committee meetings

Observe Commission Meeting

Potential applicants are cordially invited to observe a First 5 Sonoma County Commission meeting to see the First 5 Commission in action and meet the Commissioners and staff. The next meeting will be held on June 26 at 490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 204 in the Manzanita Conference room, Santa Rosa from 3:30-5:30 pm. 


Applications are available online or by calling (707) 565-6686.

Applications must be received by July 15, 2017 in the offices of First 5 Sonoma County: 490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 203, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or via email to first5@sonoma-county.org.