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.
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
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
Even a 2% increase in the workforce participation rate of mothers with young children would result in:
in additional earnings annually
in additional tax revenue annually
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.
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
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
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
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
|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||–|
|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 Support||491,414||–|
|Capacity Building Sub-total||950,668||–|
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.
For more information
Contact Lisa Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org