Funding

As a prevention-based organization, our investments are guided by an approach similar to the Spectrum of Prevention which recognizes there is a range of approaches that must be taken in order to achieve sustainable changes.

First 5 Fresno County invests in efforts contributing to the achievement of early childhood development from the prenatal stage to age five and their families based on our strategic plan. Funds are intended to enhance existing services for children and may not supplant existing resources or create service duplication.

Program Services Contracts

The Commission regularly enters agreements in which an independent contractor performs services requiring specialized knowledge, experience, expertise or similar capabilities geared towards the serving of children and families. The services may include (by way of illustration, not limitation) services such as infrastructure improvements, training, and direct services. All contractors must abide by the policies set forth in the Service Provider Manual.

Professional Services Contracts

The Commission awards agreements in which an independent contractor performs services requiring specialized knowledge, experience, expertise or similar capabilities geared towards the administrative operations. The services may include services such as human resources, planning consultants, technical support, and public works projects. All contractors must abide by the policies set forth in the Supportive Provider Manual.

All programs receiving First 5 Fresno County funds must adhere to the Commission’s adopted policies. In general, the Commission will not approve any equipment or capital purchases unless they are necessary to fulfill and accomplish direct program services required by the Commission. Equipment and capital requests must be submitted in writing and approved by the Commission’s Business Department prior to purchase. Please refer to the Equipment and Capital Policy for further details.

We believe that the health and well-being of children determine the prosperity of the community. We will
always act in the best interest of children and consider the “whole child” including cognitive, social,
emotional and physical needs.

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Guiding Principle #1
Guiding Principle #1Child Centered

We will view children in the context of their families and honor and support families. We will support services that are provided where children live.

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Guiding Principle #2
Guiding Principle #2Family Focused

We will invest, whenever possible, in evidence-based and promising practices. We will maintain the highest standards of quality in our work and require that our funded partners provide the highest quality programs possible.

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Guiding Principle #3
Guiding Principle #3High Quality

We will utilize community input to ensure that we make decisions based on the needs of the community.

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Guiding Principle #4
Guiding Principle #4Inclusive

We will be good stewards of the funds that First 5 Fresno County is charged with distributing. We will hold ourselves and our funded partners to the highest standards of fiscal and program accountability.

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Guiding Principle #5
Guiding Principle #5Accountability

We believe that we must focus on achieving and sustaining outcomes for children. We will make every effort to make sustainable investments.

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Guiding Principle #6
Guiding Principle #6Sustainability

We believe that we must work in partnership with existing community-based organizations that share our values and principles. We will support collaboration wherever possible to achieve our desired outcomes for children.

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Guiding Principle #7
Guiding Principle #7Partnership-Based