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 $350,000 each year in tax revenues and augmentations, as well as almost $60,000 in state matching funds for IMPACT for Childcare Quality. 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.

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 Commission next meeting date is, June 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m via zoom:
https://zoom.us/j/91315191926 Meeting ID: 913 1519 1926 or by dialing  669 900 9128

Strategic Planning Retreat, Thursday, February 21st 10:00am-3:00pm, Westin Monache Resort, 50 Hillside Resort, 50 Hillside Dr., Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

For all meeting agendas and packet inclusions, click here.

View Quick Guide to First 5 Mono County Programs

View Strategic Plan 2019-2024

View text of California Children and Families Act

View First 5 Mono’s Evaluation Results

First 5 Mono County
Currently closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We are working remotely and will respond to phone messages, faxes, mail, and email and the office will be staffed, see details below.

Staffed Office Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; closed 12:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch

*In smoky conditions, the office will not be staffed if the AQI is above 200 on Air Now at 7 am or worsens to above 200 during the day.

*In winter weather, our office and activities in Mammoth Lakes follow MUSD Red and Yellow day schedules. Activities elsewhere in the County follow school closures and delays in the school area. Home Visits will be cancelled if any schools are closed in areas through which the Home Visitor must travel, or if the Home Visitor notifies the family that the visit is cancelled.

Mailing Address:
365 Sierra Park Rd, Bldg M
PO Box 130
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Physical Address:
365 Sierra Park Road, Bldg M
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Ph: 760-924-7626
FAX:  760-269-8529