First 5 Fresno County advocates for policies and champions efforts that ensure children will be reading on grade level by 3rd grade. The predictive factors for children reading on grade level are largely shaped in the first 5 years of life.

Through our policy and advocacy work, we speak and take a stand for children by promoting best practices, high quality programming and supporting policies that benefit children.  First 5 Fresno County is a founding member of The Children’s Movement of Fresno (TCM).  TCM is a coalition of citizens speaking with a united voice on behalf of children.

Predictive Factors in the First 5 Years that Impact 3rd Grade Level Reading

Adequate Prenatal Care

High Quality Early Childhood Education Programs

Consistent Parenting and Appropriate Discipline

Optimal Language Development

Social-Emotional Development