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 at the Mono County Office of Education Conference Room, Mammoth Lakes, California.

For current and 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

View First 5 Mono’s Evaluation Results

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.

First 5 Mono County
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00, closed 12:30-1:00 for lunch
PO Box 130
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Physical Address:
365 Sierra Park Road, Bldg. M
Ph: 760-924-7626
FAX: 760-934-8443