Early Childhood Resources

The first 5 years of life are crucial to healthy growth and development. The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and communities across San Diego work collaboratively to offer early childhood programming throughout the region.

The importance of early childhood programs lies in their ability to address critical developmental needs, provide high quality care and education, and offer comprehensive support for young children and families. These programs lay a solid foundation for children’s success in school and life. Additionally, early childhood programs play a vital role in early detection of developmental delays or learning challenges, enabling timely interventions and support to maximize each child’s potential.  

First 5 San Diego (F5) supports the health and well-being of young children ages 0-5 during their most critical years of development by providing parents and caregivers with programs to promote children’s optimal development and school readiness.

The Child and Family Well-Being Department integrates the First 5 Commission of San Diego and Child Welfare Services, along with the childcare system and other essential resources for families, to reimagine prevention and protection services to create a partnership that shifts our traditional approach to child protection. 

The County of San Diego Maternal Child Health Program is a public health home visiting program that begins during any stage of pregnancy or early parenting. Nurse home visitation services include support, health and parenting education, bonding issues, medical, and mental risks. 

The Children, Youth and Families System of Care Services Directory describes services and resources for children, youth, and families that are currently funded by the County of San Diego, which include County-operated and contracted programs. Services and resources specific to pregnancy, early parenting, and early childhood can be accessed in the directory.

The annual We Can’t Wait Conference weaves together a review of the most current scientific findings in early childhood mental health, highlights the latest progress in turning the research into interventions, and outlines what we can and must to do to collaborate and close the gaps in our educational and clinical services for children and families. Recommended attendees include those involved in providing assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children and families.

The Postpartum Health Alliance raises awareness about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and provides resources, support, and treatment referrals to San Diego parents

The YMCA Childcare Resource Service offers free child care referrals and resources to families in San Diego County so parents and guardians can make informed decisions about child care.