Champions for Children’s Literacy
The Champions for Children’s Literacy promote early literacy and early grade reading in Orange County. The “Champions” vision is for all Orange County children to be reading at grade level by 3rd grade. Participants include the Commission, Orange County United Way and the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, Orange County Department of Education, CalOptima, THINK Together and others.
OC STEM partners with community stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, and businesses to improve the quality and outcome of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in Orange County. The Commission is one of the local funders that make up this network, promoting STEM learning in the early years of children’s lives.
Health Funders Partnership of Orange County
The Health Funders Partnership is committed to creating a healthy Orange County by enhancing the impact and efficiency of health philanthropy and health service delivery. The Partnership identifies strategic issues for collaborative funding; the Commission ensures that issues related to young children and families are considered and included.
Orange County Funders Roundtable
The Orange County Funders Roundtable is a collaborative comprised of local funders whose goal is to strengthen the county’s nonprofit sector. It includes a range of funders from private, corporate, and public sectors working together to build nonprofit capacity – including those serving children and families – and to increase effective philanthropy.
ACC-OC (Association of California Cities-Orange County) represents the interests of Orange County cities through advocacy and education efforts aimed at protecting and restoring local control. Members include not only local jurisdictions, but also nonprofit, government and business organizations. The Commission’s voice on this collective promotes the importance of early health and learning to the overall wellbeing of Orange County’s cities, governance, and quality of life.
Orange County Business Council (OCBC)
Through OCBC, hundreds of Orange County’s leading businesses, cities and nonprofit organizations work to create a vibrant and prosperous economy. OCBC’s advocacy program at the county, state, and federal levels focuses on four initiatives: improving infrastructure, enhancing workforce development, increasing the supply and range of workforce housing, and promoting robust economic development. Because early childhood health and learning is fundamental to a thriving future workforce, the Commission works to align the early childhood and business leaders’ vision and agenda.
First 5 Association of California
The First 5 Association is a nonprofit membership organization for the 58 county Children and Families commissions, connecting commissions to other public and nonprofit partners, including county departments, foundations, and child advocacy organizations to ensure collaboration and a common statewide agenda to ensure the best future for our children.
Essentials for Young Lives Campaign
Families represent 63 percent of those living in Orange County shelters and they are in need of these basic essential items such as diapers, wipes and food. Nearly 13,000 individuals experience homelessness each year in Orange County. And about 1 in 20 mothers has had to cut back on other purchases to pay for diapers and has also had to reuse a disposable diaper which exposes the baby to infections and other health risks. The Commission partners with HomeAid Orange County each year for the Essentials for Young Lives Campaign, a community-wide effort to help and encourage homeless families and ensure the health of babies by providing a basic need – diapers. The simple donation of a box of baby wipes multiplied by thousands can change lives.