Wildfire Recovery Effort 2018

In response of the fires in California, First 5s across California and their early childhood partners are stepping up to aid affected families with babies and young children by establishing a relief fund to support First 5 counties in their rebuilding efforts.

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A Child is an Inspiration

First 5 San Mateo County is committed to the youngest children in San Mateo County. As a First 5 San Mateo County Commissioner, a pediatrician and a father, I am inspired by my patients and their parents—especially the ones aged zero to five.

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Encouraging Teachers

As our students get ready for a new school year, so do teachers.  My friend Barbara’s daughter just got a job as a Kindergarten teacher, her first teaching job….and she is scared.  Scared of making mistakes…..of not doing it right.  Ah…..interesting…..I bet just like some of her Kindergartners.  Teaching is a really hard job; I know because I was one.  Most go into the profession because they care about children; they want to make a difference; they want kids to succeed.  They just need help and support, coaching and resources….and empathy too.

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