What We Do

Two toddlers play along the banks of a creek.

How We Serve

First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission is proud to serve the young children and families of our county as a funder and an advocate. The Commission has been making a difference in our local children’s lives since its formation in 1998.

The Commission has invested millions of Proposition 10 tobacco tax dollars in our local early learning, health and family support programs, and is committed to achieving real and sustainable results towards the successful future of our young children and their families.

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Why We Target 0-5

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life. The emotional, physical and intellectual environment a child is exposed to have a profound impact on how their brain develops. During this critical period, a window of opportunity exists to help shape how a child’s brain matures and to lay the foundation for all of the years that follow.

While the early period in children’s development is absolutely critical to their future success, it is also where public investments are lowest. First 5 Butte County supports local organizations that provide young children and their families with services that promote health and nurturing so that children may reach their own unique potential.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou

Our Plan

Strategic Plan

The primary role of the Commission is to ensure that Proposition 10 resources are used as intended by the California voters. In order to accomplish its goals and desired outcomes for families, the Commission invests in programs and activities that are consistent with the local priorities identified in the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

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Long Term Financial Plan

The Butte First 5 Commission's Long Term Financial Plans outlines revenue and expenditures from 2020-2021 through 2025-2026, according to the Strategic Plan.

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Programs We Fund

The Commission invests in programs and activities that align with its current Strategic Plan. To learn more about how the Commission invests in programs and services that support children and their families, visit Programs We Fund.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.

Albert Einstein