Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Working to counteract racism, create opportunity for all children, and promote equity has been integral to the work of First 5 San Mateo County from our beginning more than 25 years ago. Our work is about seeing inequity in the lives of children and families and doing something about it. We look forward to continuing to partner with parents and leaders throughout San Mateo County and at the state to change conditions that affect child development and family well-being.
As we advocate and advance change for San Mateo County’s children, we also work to change the systems and structures that perpetuate inequity and barriers to opportunity for young children and their families. Centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) is both a guiding principle and a priority area of strategic focus. In addition to focused attention, DEIB principles will be embedded throughout our work, with the goal of supporting families through a targeted universalism approach.
All children have the right to grow up healthy, safe, and with every opportunity.
Latest News & Updates
Years ago, we adopted a focus on bringing REDI–Race, Ethnicity, Diversity, and Inclusion–principles to all of our initiatives, communications, and partnerships. REDI initiatives laid the
The Power of Storytelling in Transforming Early Childhood Systems: A Conversation with Christine Thorsteinson, Director of Early Childhood Development at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Christine Thorsteinson and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation have supported KQED San Francisco to harness the transformative power of storytelling in early childhood systems. “We
President of the Board of Supervisors Dave Pine announced that applications arebeing accepted for appointment to the First 5 San Mateo County. There are currently
First 5 San Mateo County Commissioners meet monthly to discuss First 5 San Mateo County programming, policy, and initiative advancements. Meetings are open to the public and packets are posted 72 hours in advance. Join us to listen in or provide public comment.
See the links below for upcoming meetings agendas and past meeting documents.
October 23, 2023
Program, Operations, and Planning (POP) Committee Meeting
December 4, 2023
Finance Committee Meeting
January 8, 2024
EC Evaluation Advisory Committee Meeting
January 8, 2024