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At First 5 Yolo, "It's all about the kids."
First 5 Yolo was formed as the Yolo County Children and Families Commission (YCCFC) following the passage of Proposition 10. Known as YCCFC since 1999, in 2005 the Commission officially adopted the name First 5 Yolo to further spotlight its mission of service to children in the first 5 years of life and their families.
The Prop 10 initiative added a 50-cent-per-pack tax on cigarette sales to fund programs promoting early childhood development for children ages 0-5 and their families. The collected tax monies allocated to Yolo County are administered by the First 5 Yolo Commission, which consists of appointees from each county district as well as a number of county department representatives and the chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. The Commission is charged with the local implementation of the stated goals of Prop 10: to ensure children are learning and ready for school; families are strong and self sufficient; children are healthy; and systems and services are integrated and accessible.
Through meticulous research, interview and analysis processes involving child-services experts, providers, parents, community members and local officials, First 5 Yolo has developed a strategic plan.
Currently, the Commission's main four priority areas are:
Looking ahead, First 5 Yolo's Sustainability Plan has been designed to ensure support of its programs and initiatives over the next decade.
While it is assumed tobacco tax revenues will shrink over the next 10 years, at this time Yolo County's yearly share approximates $2.5 million. From community mini-grants of just a few hundred dollars to large projects with six-figure budgets, First 5 Yolo follows the spirit of Prop. 10 by giving priority to programs and services showing innovative and collaborative approaches to meeting the varied needs of Yolo County's youngest children and their families.
Proposition 10 "Big Picture" Funding Distribution Chart
Beyond distributing funds, the Commission exists to identify and raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing this increasingly diverse community of children ages 0-5 and their families. Meeting those needs by promoting the coordination and integration of services and programs to benefit that population is at the heart of the Commission's work.
Our Mission Statement:
First 5 Yolo will assist our community to raise children who are healthy and ready to learn. We will assure that our resources are effectively used and all community voices heard.
The guiding principles were formed through a series of civic engagement meetings and refined by our Commissioners. Yolo parents, services providers and interested individuals took a part in a series of special dialogue sessions, which were designed to discuss the critical choices facing First 5 Yolo and to identify the beliefs, feelings and values to guide the Commission in its decision-making processes.
- Our mission is to raise children that are healthy and ready to learn. The needs and concerns of children and families will remain our principal focus.
- Community and provider input will inform Commission planning, allocations and evaluation processes.
- Diversity is a strength we value, and we will facilitate respect and understanding of all cultures and promote access for all families.
- Strategies will respect existing community assets while recognizing and investing in creative and innovative solutions for addressing community needs.
- Commission actions will foster a system of care that sustains and links community resources and services.
- As community stewards, we will use our voices to leverage new resources for the community and advocate for new policies to support children and families.
- Evaluations will be developed and administered in partnership with local agencies to provide feedback, support and technical assistance for ongoing program development.
The following goals were developed during the first strategic planning process and reaffirmed in 2002 and 2008. They remain the focus of our work at First 5 Yolo.
- Identify and respond to community needs for children ages 0-5 and their families.
- Promote the coordination and integration of services to best meet the needs of residents.
- Raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities for young children and their families.
- Build community capacity to respond to the needs of children ages 0-5.
- Foster collective ownership and accountability for Yolo County's young children.
Proposition 10 Overview
In 1998, voters passed Proposition 10, a statewide ballot initiative to add a 50-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes. The monies collected are used statewide and locally to fund programs that promote early childhood development for children ages 0-5 and their families. The goals of Prop. 10 include ensuring that: children are learning and ready for school; families are strong and self-sufficient; children are healthy; and systems and services are integrated and accessible. First 5 Yolo was created through Proposition 10 to implement these efforts throughout Yolo County. For more information on Prop 10 statewide, please go to the First 5 California Web site at www.ccfc.ca.gov.
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Frequently Asked Questions
First 5 Yolo Fact Sheet