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First 5 Commissioner Job Description

SEEKING: First 5 Commissioner Representing Educators Specializing in Early Child Development

Commissioner Roles and Responsibilities

The First 5 Sonoma County Commission was established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in December, 1998.  Currently, eight Commissioners are serving, and one seat is vacant.  The Commission wishes to fill an upcoming vacant seat with an individual who specializes in early child development, can engage the early child education community in supporting and promoting optimal early child development, who represent the diverse cultural, social and economic strengths and needs of our community, and is willing
to become familiar with the intent and spirit of the Proposition 10 (the authorizing legislation for the First 5 Sonoma County Commission) and the Commission’s strategic plan,

  • to attend monthly Commission meetings (usually the 4th Monday of the month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • to participate in 1-2 Commission committees (which generally meet monthly, 2 hours each meeting).
  • to read materials necessary to prepare for these meetings
  • to represent the Commission and its goals to the general public and throughout the community.  This may include speaking at meetings and other events, as well as to the media.


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 $4 million annually in programs and services to benefit all children from birth to age five in Sonoma County.  Sitting Commissioners represent health and human services, education, early childhood education, and medicine

In its Strategic Plan for 2010/11-2014/15, First 5 Sonoma County established School Readiness as its overarching 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

In return for their participation, Commissioners 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.