Introducing First 5 California's Smarter Birds: Franco, Orson, and Melody! They're fun to watch - but more importantly, each of them flew in with an important story to share with families across California.
Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for a successful future.
Science made simple! Remember these 5 steps to help build your child's brain.
Find out why baby teeth are important and tips on how to prevent early childhood tooth decay.
Sgt. Emada Tingirides shares her story and how Talk. Read. Sing.® helped her get through a difficult childhood and become a force for good in her community.
Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. Learn more here.
A simple guide to the five key good groups that will help keep children healthy and fit.
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.
Learn more about how interaction with your child through daily experiences effects their development.
We're committed to supporting the healthy development of children from birth through age 5. Watch our video to learn more.
Science and brain scans show that the first 3 years of life are critical for a child's brain development, which starts right at birth. Learn how to help your baby reach his or her potential!
Listen to President Obama discusses the importance of early childhood education and why you should Talk. Read. Sing. to your child from day one.
Listen to Former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, explain the importance of talking, reading, and singing with your child from an early age to promote healthy brain development.
Listen to Senator Bill Frist discuss the importance of building a strong vocabulary from a young age by talking, reading, and singing to your child.
Listen to Cindy McCain describe the importance of educating your child from the earliest years of life to prepare him or her for future years of learning.
First 5 California encourages families to make healthy choices like offering water and milk to your child instead of sugary beverages like soda, fruit juices, and sports drinks.
Simple activities like building a fort with your baby can help develop motor skills, muscle strength, social and emotional growth, and more.
First 5 California encourages parents to read to their child everyday from infancy to help build strong literacy skills.
The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take lunch time, Tommy's spaghetti lunch is putting up quite a "fight."
The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take clean up time, will cleaning delay Olivia from snack time?
The best learning opportunities are in everyday moment. Take playtime, will Jenna be victorious over her building blocks?
The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take playtime, which block will be the All-Star of Nate's playtime?
The best learning opportunities are in everyday moments. Take dance time, Bridget's moves can "rock" any beat!