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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 local, State, and Federal funds to support Home Visiting, Childcare, and 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. Currently funding is provided to Mono County Libraries for Raising a Reader; Mono County Office of Education for Safe Kids California, Mono Partners; and Mammoth Unified and Eastern Sierra Unified School District for Kindergarten Assessments. In addition, the Commission directly operates the following county-wide programs to support the early development of young children: Welcome Baby & Healthy Families Home Visiting, Peapod Playgroups, Oral Health Education, and the Childcare Quality System.

The First 5 Mono County Commission holds regular quarterly meetings on the third Thursday of September, January, March, and June from 2:00-4:30 each year. 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, or, with COVID allowances, via Zoom.

First 5 Association of California
The First 5 Association of California works to improve the lives of California’s youngest children and their families through an effective, coordinated, and inclusive implementation of the California Children and Families Act at the local and state levels. Visit this site to learn about the work of other First 5 county commissions.

First 5 California
Many people recognize First 5 California through television and radio ads that promote healthy early childhood development. First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, provides technical assistance and additional resources to the 58 county commissions.

First 5 California Parents’ Site
First 5 California understands that today’s parents face many challenges as they raise their kids. That’s why they’re here to help. Learn more about making nutritious choices that give children a healthy start to life, watch videos, get free books, download the parent guide.

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 each year. All members of the public are welcome to attend and provide public comments. Meetings are held in the Mono County Office of Education Conference Room located at 451 Sierra Park Road, Mammoth Lakes. Sign up to receive agendas via email.

Wednesday, September 30, 2022
2:00-4:30
via zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81361956032 or Dial 669 444 9171, meeting ID: 813 6195 6032

Meeting Agendas and Packet Inclusions

September 7, 2022
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July 13, 2022
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June 16, 2022
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March 17, 2022
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September 16, 2021
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June 17, 2021
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September 17, 2020
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June 18, 2020
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June 8, 2020
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April 2, 2020
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January 23, 2020 (Rescheduled from December  19)
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September 19, 2019 
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June 20, 2019 
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May 16, 2019 (Rescheduled from March 28)
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Cancelled: March 28, 2019 (To be rescheduled)
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February 21, 2019 (Rescheduled from January 17, 2019)
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December 17, 2018
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September 20, 2018
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June 21, 2018
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March 15, 2018
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December 21, 2017
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September 21, 2017
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June 22, 2017 (Rescheduled from June 15, 2017)
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May 5, 2017 (Rescheduled from April 20, 2017)
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February 16, 2017
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December 15, 2016
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October 20, 2016
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June 3, 2016
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March 10, 2016
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January 7, 2016
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October 15, 2015
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June 25, 2015
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April 16, 2015
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February 26, 2015
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December 18, 2014
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October 16, 2014
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June 19, 2014
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May 15, 2014
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April 10, 2014
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January 16, 2014
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December 19, 2013
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October 24, 2013
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September 26, 2013
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August 22, 2013
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First 5 Mono County Commission

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

Bob Gardner, Chair
Mono County Board of Supervisors
PO Box 564 June Lake, CA 93529
Ph: 909-325-0999

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

Janice Mendez, Commission Secretary
Project Lead, Community Health in Diabetes Prevention
Bridgeport Indian Colony
PO Box 186 Bridgeport, CA 93517
Ph: 760-616-4728

Michelle Raust
Program Manager, Mono County Department of Social Services
PO Box 2969 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760-924-1770

Patricia Robertson
Director, Mammoth Lakes Housing
PO Box 7379
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760-934-4740

Kristin Collins, DO, FAAP
Pediatrician, Sierra Park Pediatrics, Mammoth Hospital
85 Sierra Park Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Ph: 760-924-4000

First 5 Mono County Staff

Molly DesBaillets, MA
Executive Director

Annaliesa Calhoun, BA
Childcare Quality System Coordinator
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor
Home Visitor

Elvira Felix de Ceceña
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor
Bilingual Home Visitor/ Group Leader
Bilingual Childcare Quality System Coordinator

Claudia Molina
Tooth Tutor

Debbie Riffel
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor
Home Visitor and Breastfeeding Specialist

Lara Walker, BA
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor
Bilingual Home Visitor, Group Leader, and Mental Health Specialist 

Zoraya Cruz, BA
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor
Home Visitor and Group Leader

Alona Rodriguez
Group Leader, Bridgeport

Katherine Finney
Group Leader, Chafant & Benton

Jazmin Cortes
Group Leader, Mammoth Lakes

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