Fifteen years ago voters affirmed the importance of investing in the healthy development of California’s youngest children and passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act. Proposition 10 was built on research showing investments in the first five years produce significant results – for the children, their families and society.
From the onset, First 5 Napa sought the advice of local experts and community partners to expand funding for what was working and fill in the gaps where services did not yet exist. After investing more than $18 million locally in services for young children, families and early care providers, there is much to celebrate.
Fifteen years of funding has given the First 5 Napa Commission an understanding of the issues and challenges facing children’s health and development. We also gained knowledge of what it takes to create services and practices that successfully address those issues and challenges. Acknowledging that funding alone is not sufficient, we opted to use our organizational resources to serve as convener and facilitator to support the development of locally led initiatives on behalf of children and families.
Over the next several months, First 5 Napa will join with our wonderful and dedicated community partners to highlight and celebrate what we have accomplished in Napa. Moving into the next 15 years, we will work to sustain the systems that support children’s learning and healthy development.
We look forward to a California where all children enter kindergarten ready to learn at their highest potential, have access to comprehensive healthcare, and every opportunity to thrive. The First 5 Napa Commission and staff thank you for your commitment in making this vision a reality.