The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. In Fiscal Year 2015/16, the Commission allocated $24.2 million to fund programs that served young children. Funds help pay for pediatric primary and specialty health care, children’s dental, homeless prevention, early education, and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school.
Summary: What Can We Do in One Year?
63,557 children received a screening for behavior and/or developmental milestones, vision, hearing, body composition and stature, or health status
45,076 children participated in early literacy programs
14,383 mothers received breastfeeding education, intervention and support
Children received 36,584 emergency or transitional shelter bed nights and their family members received 59,058 bed nights
14,213 children received dental services, including preventative, restorative and emergency treatment
The Annual Report summary describes the Commission’s strategic priorities and the many programs it supports. To read the report, please click here.