Vision / Mission / Values / Goals

First 5 Orange County envisions an Orange County in which all young children are healthy and ready to learn.


It is our Mission to provide leadership as a funder, convener, and planner to support healthy development and learning for Orange County’s young children.


Our efforts to improve the lives of children and their families is rooted in our core values:

Integrity: We adhere to the highest standards, ensuring public trust through transparency in decision-making and commitment to the voters’ intent.

Excellence: We support high quality programs and services, continually striving to optimize operational practices.

Collaboration: We work with community partners, sharing knowledge and accomplishing shared goals.

Results-Oriented: We are responsible for achieving positive outcomes for young children, establishing demanding metrics of success for all programs and services.

Innovation: We constantly challenge ourselves and our partners to advance creative solutions to benefit young children and their families.


By leading, collaborating and connecting existing and emerging resources, First 5 Orange County promotes a strong future for all Orange County children. Our goals include:

Healthy Children: Promote the overall physical, social, emotional and intellectual health of young children.

Early Learning: Provide early learning opportunities for young children to maximize their potential to succeed in school.

Strong Families: Support and strengthen families to promote good parenting for the optimal development of young children.

Capacity Building: Promote an effective and quality delivery system for young children and their families.