Programs for Children

First 5 Sacramento funds programs that benefit Sacramento County children prenatal to age five and their families. We strive to give parents and caregivers the tools necessary to ensure their children are raised healthy, ready to enter kindergarten and reach their greatest potential in life.


A healthy start sets the foundation for a growing child. Regular visits to the doctor and dentist for prenatal care and child check ups is critical to ensure children grow up healthy and have the opportunity to thrive. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is doing to improve the health of young children. 

Oral Health

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in infants and young children and is preventable. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is doing to improve access to oral health in children and parent education.

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Improving nutrition and physical activity for young children can help encourage healthy habits and decrease health risks. Visit this section to learn more about what First 5 Sacramento is doing to increase awareness and help kids with a healthy start. 

Quality Early Care and Education

Parents and caregivers need access to good information in order to make informed choices about both the availability, quality of the childcare and affordability that they select for their children. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is help the child care/preschool workforce and parents.

School Readiness

School readiness, or preparing a child to be successful in school, begins at birth. 90% of a child’s brain develops during the first 5 years, laying the foundation for the years to follow. Parents are their child’s first teacher and help lay that foundation every day. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is doing to help children prepare for kindergarten. 

Effective Parenting

Healthy child development begins at home and children can't thrive when families are struggling. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is doing to support and empower parents.

Community Connections

A connected community, where people know each other and are aware of resources, provides numerous benefits for families with young children. Learn what First 5 Sacramento is doing to promote community connections in local neighborhoods.