In November 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the California Children and Families First Act. This act provided the establishment of a Children and Families Commission in each California County. Proposition 10 added a fifty-cent tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products for the purpose of promoting, supporting and improving the early development of children prenatal through five years of age.
Since its establishment the Modoc County Children and Families Commission (First 5 Modoc) has evolved, changing with community needs in relation to our prenatal through 5-year-old children and their families. As tobacco tax use
and revenues decline, the Commission continues to reevaluate funding and program sustainability. It is important to note the amazing community partners First 5 Modoc continues to engage and work with.
First 5 Modoc applauds the work of its grantees and the services they provide to our rural communities. Children and families are able to access high-quality learning environments, home visiting services, early mental health therapy, and family strengthening supports.
Looking ahead, First 5 Modoc will continue to focus on bridging identified services gaps and creating strong community relationships. We are committed to ensuring the optimal health, development, and well being of children prenatal through age five and their families.
~ Nicole Hinton, Executive Director