First 5 Fresno County
First 5 exists because the voters understood - when they originally passed Prop 10 and when they twice rebuffed efforts to overturn it - that it pays to invest in our children.
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Time and again, children’s programs and services are the first to be slashed when times get tough. We must stand together to be a solid voice for our children.
First 5 Fresno County is a founding member of The Children’s Movement of Fresno; a community-based grassroots effort challenging our leaders to think about how every decision they make impacts children.
A state-wide movement for children is also taking action. Visit The Children's Movement of California page.
First 5 vs. the State
This past March, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 99, which takes away $1 billion from First 5 Commissions across the state.
The $1 billion grab goes against the intent of Proposition 10 and disregards the will of voters. In April, First 5 Fresno County took a stand for children and voters and filed a lawsuit in opposition to the illegal grab of local dollars. See Why First 5 Fresno County Filed Lawsuit.
The fate of this case is currently in the hands of a Fresno Judge with a ruling expected by December 2011.