What We Do: Our Strategies 

Every California county has a unique set of services funded by Proposition 10 to improve early childhood development. In Alameda County, we focus on two major benchmarks: 

  • Children are ready for kindergarten, and can later achieve success in the third grade;
  • Children are free from abuse and neglect.

We promote the health and well-being of children 0-5 and their families by:

Supporting Children...

Through a broad network of agencies and community organizations to provide early childhood services that enable children to begin school healthy, ready and able to learn, and emotionally well developed.

Strengthening Families...

By providing a variety of supports for families that enhance resilience and well-being, such as connecting families to resources and strengthening parenting knowledge and skills.

Supporting Professionals...

Through offering access to up-to-date information, creating opportunities to develop new skills and competences, and fostering networking so that early childhood service providers can support one another.

Advocating & Communicating to Affect Policy...

By promoting, communicating about and advocating for policies which affect the health and well-being of children during their most critical years of development.

In order to reach these benchmarks and accomplish our goals, First 5 Alameda County has formulated nine strategies designed to build on our work since 1999 on behalf of young children, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and align our work with significant regional, state and federal initiatives.

Our Current Strategies


Home Visiting/Family Support


Healthy Child Development Initiative


Quality Early Care & Education


School Readiness Initiative


Place-Based Initiatives




Grants for Community Supports


Evaluation & Tecnhology


Policy, Advocacy & Communication