Annual Report
FY 2020-2021

Helping all children reach their full potential.
Kim Goll

Message from Kim

The 2020-2021 fiscal year has been both challenging and rewarding for First 5 Orange County as we work toward our shared vision that all children reach their full potential.

First 5 Orange County is advocating for Orange County’s zero to five population in every possible way. We’re working toward creating an equitable system for all families, removing the stigma that can be associated with receiving services, supporting parents and caregivers so they can be their family’s best advocate, and introducing business and policy leaders to the struggles of child care providers and parents.

Equity is a thread that weaves through all our work. First 5 Orange County’s staff and consultants are diving deeper into anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion, exploring ways we can help educate families about instilling resilience in young children and families, and supporting parent leaders in our communities.

But we aren’t doing this alone.

The dedication of our partners and collaboratives, working alongside our staff and consultants, is unmatched as we advocate for positive and lasting change for children and their families in Orange County.

Together, let’s continue this great work.

Kim Goll

Providing pandemic relief

To help keep child care providers open for first responders and families, First 5 Orange County distributed 112 pallets of supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE), activity kits and cleaning supplies to child care providers.

First 5 Orange County helped the Orange County Board of Supervisors disseminate more than $10 million to licensed child care centers and family child care homes to cover rent and payroll, retrofit their facilities for COVID-19 protections, and purchase PPE.


child care facilities received COVID-19 relief funds of $10 million through the Orange County Board of Supervisors


worth of stipends were provided to Early Care and Education Providers in Orange County Board of Supervisors District 4, and 58 providers received funding, all  due to operational work by First 5 Orange County


diapers/wipes were provided to child care providers and families, mostly through partnership with Orange County’s Diaper Bank


in emergency relief stipends were distributed to 317 Family Child Care Providers and 150 early childhood education centers


provided safe, temporary housing for 13 homeless families with a child ages 0-5 who were awaiting COVID-19 test results or had a positive test and needed to be isolated

All families count: our Census work

First 5 Orange County partnered with other nonprofits and government organizations to ensure families with young children were counted in the Census. Young children have been a historically undercounted population, and outreach was especially important for this Census, which was conducted during the pandemic, mostly remotely, and without traditional door-to-door Census workers.

Census results inform the allocation of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to local communities — including to early childhood programs — as well as the number of state seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and population-based adjustments to electoral districts.

  • Orange County’s self response rate – 2020 76.6% 76.6%
  • California’s self response rate – 2020 69.6% 69.6%
  • Nation’s self response rate – 2020 67.0% 67.0%
  • Orange County’s self response rate – 2010 71.7% 71.7%


— the self-response rate for Orange County Census tracts where a higher proportion of children age 5 and under live, which was higher than the rate in 2010.



— Orange County’s rank in the state for its response rate

Finding solutions to the child care crisis

First 5 Orange County spent this year quantifying the deep need and debilitating flaws of the current child care system and its impact on Orange County’s economy. Now, we can credibly and impactfully recruit and empower champions from every sector of Orange County to help solve the child care crisis – especially for infants and toddlers.

First 5 Orange County’s Child Care Landscape Analysis revealed that one of the county’s biggest challenges is a huge lack of infant/toddler care:
1.4 The number of preschool-age children per licensed child care spot
21 The number of infants and toddlers (age 0-2) per licensed child care spot

Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.

High cost of child care:

The cost of child care averages
yearly for one child and more than
for two children in full-time, licensed care.

of young children in Orange County have all parents working.

Child care problems affect working parents and guardians in several ways:

1 in 5

arrive late to work due to gaps in child care

1 in 6

have to leave work early on a regular basis

1 in 10

choose to resign or lose their jobs due to child care challenges

1 in 11

are forced to reduce their hours or are not able to go into full-time positions

Economic impacts in Orange County:


lost productivity and wages annually


lost tax revenue annually

lost jobs annually due to disruptions or gaps in child care

Even a 2% increase in the workforce participation rate of mothers with young children would result in:

more jobs

in additional earnings annually


in additional tax revenue annually

2020 Orange County Child Care Landscape Analysis

Amplifying community voices

With First 5 Orange County support, Neighborhood Engagement groups in Santa Ana, La Habra, Anaheim and Garden Grove furthered their community’s unique goals to support and empower parents and caregivers as they advocate for their young children.

  • La Habra Little Learners: the City of La Habra created an early childhood coordinator position as a direct result of the early childhood collaborative’s focus and engagement of the school district, mayor and city staff.
  • Santa Ana Early Learning Initiative: this collaborative secured/leveraged $179,275 dollars from eight grants to support young children and families by:
    • focusing on safe and stable housing and safe and accessible parks;
    • expanding the leadership team to 20 (from 13) elementary schools to support and provide resources for preschool to third grade children and their families;
    • strengthen parent leadership and expertise in equity, early childhood systems and parent engagement;
    • and work to improve service coordination, access to services, and policies.
  • Anaheim Learn Well Committee: this early childhood task force is working to create population change, as the group gears up to develop a resident leadership academy.
  • Garden Grove: the City of Garden Grove has created an early childhood coordinator position as a direct result of the Engaged Neighborhood work; First 5 OC funds the position part time and the City is interviewing with a long term goal of making it a full-time position.

Centering around equity

First 5 Orange County strengthened its commitment to contribute to a more equitable Orange County for young children and families, starting with internal staff training on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We sponsored equity training for community partners, increased community engagement in our work, and used data to identify and begin to address gaps in services and outcomes for children.

a preschool teacher reads a book to young children sitting on the carpet

124 people attended implicit bias training

All 124 attendees are involved in delivering home visiting and early childhood services.


35+ staff members and consultants participated in monthly meetings

designed to develop greater equity in First 5 Orange County’s work.

8 individuals participated in reStructure

a year-long curriculum by OC Human Relations designed to build our and our partners understanding and implementation of racial equity, diversity and inclusion.


11 individuals joined the OC Human Relations second cohort of reStructure

sponsored by First 5 Orange County, launching the equity work for FY 2021-2022.

Children and families served in FY 2020-2021


children served


primary caregivers served


shelter bed nights for

children ages 0-5


client visits to support children’s health and development (in person, telephonic or video)


children receiving health or developmental screenings


children receiving preventive, restorative or emergency dental care


mothers receiving breastfeeding support and vaccine/health education


children participating in early literacy programs


books distributed to children

Building bridges, removing barriers

In 2021-22, First 5 Orange County adopted a new five-year Strategic Plan with three goals to create the conditions that allow children to thrive in their homes and communities, and to be ready to blossom when they enter school and beyond.

  • Increase and maximize children’s well-child visits and developmental screenings
  • Strengthen families
  • Increase availability and accessibility of quality infant and toddler child care

Strategies to make a positive change

First 5 Orange County employs four strategies that we believe will have the most impact on improving the conditions needed for children and families to thrive.

  • Get Involved Early: We invest in programs, services, and partnerships that focus on prevention, identify mental and developmental health needs as early as possible, and link children and families to resources.
  • Elevate Equity: We prioritize the county’s most vulnerable families to reduce disparities in access to quality services and outcomes for kids.
  • Empower Champions: We connect with, strengthen, and support parents, community leaders, public agencies, and community organizations to co-create and advocate for solutions to pressing issues facing young children and families.
  • Align Systems of Care: We coordinate early childhood systems of care to work together, creating a supportive infrastructure so families can experience seamless connections to quality services.

2020-2021 Investment in Services for Children and Families

Budget Item

Program Catalytic
Bridges: Maternal Child Health Network  3,528,048  –
CalWORKS Home Visitation Program  2,076,053  –
Early Relational and Mental Health Systems  499,372  –
Autism and Pediatric Support  1,145,262  834,440
Prenatal-to-Three Program Support  509,534  –
Prenatal-to-Three Sub-total  7,758,269  834,440
School District Partnerships  5,139,991  –
Childcare Quality Improvement: First 5 CA IMPACT  602,488  –
Early Literacy and Math Programs  1,477,488  –
School Readiness Initiative Program Support  427,100  –
School Readiness Initiative Sub-total  7,647,067  –  
Homeless Prevention Operational and Systems Support  846,974  695,701
Homeless Prevention Sub-total  846,974  695,701
Children’s Dental Education, Outreach, Prevention and Treatment  5,273,059  110,239
Children’s Dental Sub-total  5,273,059  110,239
Systems Building  93,208  –
Engaged Neighborhoods  366,047  –
Systems Building Support  491,414  –
Capacity Building Sub-total  950,668  –  
TOTAL  22,476,037  1,640,380

Note: Catalytic expenditures are one-time funding actions designed to reduce ongoing demand on First 5 Orange County’s budget, while making system-wide impacts on services for young children.

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