Strategic Plan

Every four years, First 5 Humboldt’s Commission and Advisory Committees undergo a thorough examination of their work over the last 4 years and a look towards the current needs of young children and their families. The driving question is, “Given the resources of First 5 Humboldt and the current needs in our county, how can we best foster a community in which children and families are best able to meet their optimal potential?”

Below is First 5 Humboldt’s current Strategic Plan, approved by the Commission in November, 2016.

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Strategic Goal: First 5 Humboldt as a Sustainable Catalyst

First 5 Humboldt will be a strong organization able to serve as a catalyst of sustained positive change for children 0-5 and their families into the future.

In our work as an ongoing catalyst, First 5 Humboldt will focus on four areas:

Focus Area 1: Fiscal Sustainability

First 5 Humboldt will develop policies and strategies to ensure the fiscal sustainability of the Humboldt County Children and families Commission.

This focus area corresponds to the intent of the First 5 Association 2016 Policy Agenda Area: System Sustainability and Reach.

Objective 1.1: The Sustainability Fund will be stabilized at a balance of no less than $2 million and continue to be a resource for the work of First 5 Humboldt.

Action 1.1.A: Develop and implement a plan to reduce the drawdown of the Sustainability Fund

Objective 1.2: First 5 Humboldt will collaborate with community partners to advance opportunities to preserve and increase funding streams dedicated to early childhood.

Action 1.2.A: Pursue additional funding streams.

Action 1.2.B: By 2019, a framework for decreased First 5 Humboldt funding and increased partner funding for priority programs will be adopted.

Action 1.2.C: Advocate/educate for preservation and augmentation of Proposition 10 funds.

Focus Area 2: Systems Change

First 5 Humboldt will facilitate the inclusion of primary prevention principles in related public policy formulation.

This focus area corresponds to the intent of the First 5 Association 2016 Policy Agenda Area: System Sustainability and Reach.

Objective 2.1: First 5 Humboldt will promote strong, collaborative partnerships among service providers.

Action 2.1.A: Collaborate with community organizations around primary prevention for children 0-5 and their families.

Objective 2.2: First 5 Humboldt will work with organizations and local and state governments to help ensure policies support young children and families.

Action 2.2.A: Create public awareness of the needs of young children

Action 2.2.B: Engage policy makers to ensure public policies support the optimal development of children and their families to meet their potential

Focus Area 3: Family, Professional & Community Capacity

First 5 Humboldt will promote the optimal development of children with a focus on prevention, in partnership with families, caregivers and the community.

This focus area encompasses the intent of the First 5 Association 2016 Policy Agenda Areas: Family Strengthening, and Quality Early Learning.

Objective 3.1:   First 5 Humboldt will promote a stable well-educated workforce available to serve and advocate for developmentally-, culturally- and trauma-responsive practices.

Action 3.1.A: Promote and provide training and technical assistance opportunities to families and service providers.

Action 3.1.B: Annually review available local and state child and family data to assess family and community needs.

Action 3.1.C: Advocate for early childhood education workforce stability and appropriate compensation.

Action 3.1.D: Provide opportunities for families and the workforce to develop advocacy skills.

Objective 3.2: Families have access to community supports that strengthen families’ capacity to promote children’s optimal development in safe and stable communities.

Action 3.2.A: Support programs that promote the 5 protective factors and family strengthening principles (Center for the Study of Social Policy, 2016) and primary prevention

Focus Area 4: Health

First 5 Humboldt will support the health and well-being of young children and their families through the promotion of prevention and early intervention activities.

This focus area encompasses the intent of the First 5 Association 2016 Policy Agenda Areas: Early Identification and Intervention, and Oral Health.

Objective 4.1: First 5 Humboldt will encourage communities to facilitate the total wellness of children.

Action 4.1.A: Facilitate child and family referrals to appropriate programs and services.

Objective 4.2: First 5 will encourage communities to offer developmentally appropriate services/activities.

Action 4.2.A: Promote developmental screenings for all children.

Action 4.2.B: Promote access to developmentally appropriate services for children.

Objective 4.3: First 5 will encourage communities to promote family wellness for pregnant women and children 0-5.

Action 4.3.A: Work with community organizations and groups  to promote healthy pregnancies and family wellness.

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