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Funding Opportunities

In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act (Act). This Act imposes a tax on all tobacco products, generating revenue that is dedicated to supporting California's youngest residents, from the prenatal stage to age five. The purpose of the Act is to provide California's children with the best opportunities for physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development that are so crucial to optimum early learning and school readiness.

Proposition 10 generates approximately $590 million annually for First 5 county commissions statewide. Each First 5 county commission receives a share of this tax money based on how many babies are born in that county each year. Sonoma County's share is about $4 million annually.

The California Children and Families Act states that First 5 dollars must be spent to promote, support, and improve the early development of children five years old and younger. First 5 Sonoma County does this by funding programs and services for young children and their families and by working to improve early childhood development.

First 5 dollars must be spent to promote, support, and improve the early development of children five years old and younger. First 5 Sonoma County does this by funding programs and services for young children and their families and by working to improve early childhood development.

Guided by its Strategic Plan, the nine-member First 5 Sonoma County Commission makes funding decisions and oversees funded programs and services.

 

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