Who We Are

First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission, a unit of local government is governed by a nine-member, and two alternate, commission with independent authority over the strategic plan and local trust fund.


First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission works collaboratively with partners and community members to build a healthy, integrated system of support for young children and their families and caregivers.


Every child in Butte County will have the opportunity for a resilient, thriving future through a nurturing, supportive network of families, caregivers, and their community.

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles reflect the core values of First 5 Butte and guide its work:


Being present, engaged, and visible in our efforts to advocate for and respond to the needs of children, families, and the community.

Cultural Humility

Interacting with partners and families with deep respect and sensitivity to a wide range of (racial and) social identities that affect child development and families in complex ways.


Using our understanding of how trauma and stress affect people’s lives to support healing and ensure we are compassionate in our work.


Cultivating a professional culture in which everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered.

Responsible Stewardship

Practicing transparent and wise stewardship of resources to put the needs of children and families first and ensure they receive the greatest possible benefit.

Balanced Decision-Making

Weighing empirical data with local feedback and needs in making decisions, and allowing for flexibility and innovation in responding.

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.

Nelson Mandela


Shelby Boston

Vice Chair

Dr. Shelley Hart


Scott Kennelly


Dr. Holly Kralj


Matthew Reddam


Tami Ritter


Seng Yang


Danette York


Rumneet Kullar

Alternate Commissioner

Executive Staff

Anna Bauer

Executive Director