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Our Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs and Guiding Principles

Vision

Ninja Tutle 250x182Children in Sonoma County from the prenatal stage to age five will develop to their fullest potential. 

Mission

The mission of First 5 Sonoma County is to maximize the healthy development of all Sonoma County children from the prenatal stage through age five through support, education, and advocacy.

Core Beliefs

Girl Closeup 250x257We believe:

  • Children must be appreciated for who they are now as well as who they will become.
  • Experiences in the first five years have a critical and long lasting impact on a child's developing brain.
  • Families are their children's first teacher.
  • All children, regardless of language, culture, or special needs, have the right to access the entire spectrum of services that support their development.
  • The entire community benefits from providing all children with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
  • Early intervention and prevention services are essential investments of resources.

Guiding Principles

Mon and daughter 250x397In our work, we will:

  • Partner with parents, families, and communities to provide safe and nurturing environments for young children.
  • Recognize and honor the rights, intelligence, curiosity, and imagination of all children.
  • Respect the diversity, strength, uniqueness, and potential of all children, families, and communities.
  • Invest in programs and systems that are most likely to lead to sustainable systems change. 
  • Collaborate with community partners to coordinate and integrate services for children from the prenatal stage through age five and their families.
  • Build support for policies and research-based programs that benefit children from the prenatal stage through age five and their families.
  • Maintain a strong sense of fiscal responsibility in determining how to best allocate public funds.
  • Be transparent and accountable as stewards of First 5 public funds.
  • Assess and refine our efforts based on community feedback, documented evaluation, and evidenced-based practices.
 

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