What is First 5 Mono County?

The California Children and Families Commission was established after voters passed Proposition 10 in November 1998. Proposition 10 added a 50 cent-per-pack tax on cigarettes to fund education, health, child care, and other programs to promote early childhood development for expectant parents and children up to age 5.

Proposition 10 was designed to address the lack of public funding and support for early childhood development in the wake of a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that children’s emotional, physical, social, and developmental environments have a profound impact on their ability to reach their greatest potential in school and to become productive members of society.

In 1999, the Mono County Board of Supervisors established the Mono County Children and Families Commission, also known as First 5 Mono County. The County receives approximately $300,000 each year in tax revenues and augmentations, as well as $40,000 in state matching funds for the CARES Plus Program. First 5 Mono County has granted thousands of dollars to local organizations and individuals to improve family functioning, child development, and child health. In addition, the Commission directly operates numerous, county-wide programs to support the early development of young children. For more information about the First 5 Mono County Commission and the programs they fund and operate, contact Molly DesBaillets, Executive Director, at 760-924-7626.

First 5 Mono County Commission next meeting date: October 16, 2014 Mono County Office of Education Conference Room, Mammoth Lakes, California.

For past meeting agendas and packet inclusions, click here.

View Quick Guide to First 5 Mono County Programs

View Strategic Plan 2014-2019

View text of California Children and Families Act

Mono County Children and Families Commission

The First 5 Mono County Commission holds regular meetings on the third Thursday of every other month, starting in February of each new calendar year. Commission meetings are open to the public; all members of the public are welcome to attend and provide public comment. Meetings are held in the Mono County Office of Education Conference Room located at 451 Sierra Park Road, Mammoth Lakes. If you would like to receive an agenda via email each time a new one is posted, please call our office (760/924-7626) and we will add you to our email list.

The First 5 Mono County Commission is comprised of seven voting members:

Stacey Adler, PhD
Superintendent of Schools
Mono County Office of Education
PO Box 477
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0477
Ph: 760-932-7311 / 934-0031
FAX: 760-932-7278 / 934-1443

Kim Escudero, MD, Commission Chair
Representative of Local Pediatric Association
c/o First 5 Mono
PO Box 130
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760-924-7626
FAX: 760-934-8443

Jeanne Sassin, Commission Vice-Chair
Teacher, Lee Vining Elementary School
395 Sierra Springs Dr.
Crowley Lake, CA 93546
Ph: 760-709-0348

Barbara Miller, Commission Secretary
Program Director, MUSD Husky Club
PO Box 204
June Lake, CA 93529
Ph: 760-914-2123

Byng Hunt
Mono County Board of Supervisors
PO Box 2608
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546-7902
Ph: 760-934-6643

Richard (Rick) Johnson, MD
Public Health Officer
PO Box 3329
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760-924-1828
FAX: 760-924-4091

Karin Humiston, PhD
Chief Probation Officer
PO Box 596
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Ph: 760-932-5770

First 5 Staff

Molly DesBaillets, MA, Executive Director
Lara Walker, CLEC, CARES Plus Coordinator/Welcome Baby! & Parenting Partners Home Visitor
Shannon Vallejo, MS, Administrative Assistant/Fiscal Specialist
Deanna Clark, CLEC, Welcome Baby! & Parenting Partners Home Visitor
Debbie Riffel, CLEC, Welcome Baby! & Parenting Partners Home Visitor
Elvira Felix de Cecena, Welcome Baby! & Parenting Partners Home Visitor
Claudia Molina, Tooth Tutor

Kim Breitbarth, Mammoth Lakes English Peapod Leader
Annaliesa Calhoun, Crowley Lake Peapod Leader
Diana Copado, Lee Vining Peapod Leader
Kim Czechin, Crowley Lake Peapod Co-Leader
Eileen Dougherty, Chalfant/Benton Peapod Leader
Danielle Dublino, Bridgeport Peapod Leader
Elvira Felix de Cecena, Mammoth Lakes Spanish Peapod Leader
Amber Flynn, Mammoth Lakes English Peapod Co-Leader
Chanden Robasciotti, Walker/Coleville Peapod Leader

First 5 Mono County
PO Box 130
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Physical Address:
365 Sierra Park Road, Bldg. M
Ph: 760-924-7626
FAX: 760-934-8443