Children that are ready for school are more likely to have higher third grade reading scores, a predictor of high school success.
Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops dramatically during the first five years and what parents do during these years to support their child’s growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life. California voters passed Proposition 10, a tobacco tax, to fund programs for children ages 0 to 5 and their families. The distribution of funding is based on the number of children born in each of the 58 counties.
Here’s how you can help your child get ready for school:
- Take your child to all well‐child visits.
- See a dentist by the first tooth or first birthday.
- Welcome your newborn.
- Make sure your child is developing on track.
- Choose high quality early care and education programs.
- Read with your child each day.
- Get Connected. Find resources in your community that can help.
All First 5 Commission’s provide unique local services to help during the first five years of life. Programs vary by county and the age of your child. Most of all, First 5 Commissions support parents as their child’s first teacher.