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About Us

Why First 5?


Investments in the early years, when children’s brains are developing and taking permanent shape, are the best investments we can make.


Early childhood investments last a lifetime: children are learning from the moment they’re born. The first five years are the most rapid period of brain growth, with nearly 90% of brain development occurring by age 5. This remarkable growth happens in response to a baby’s experiences. Experiences in the early years affect the physical structure of the brain and shape the capacities children will have for the rest of their lives.


Nevada County children will thrive in nurturing communities that support families in reaching their full potential.




First 5 Nevada County promotes the importance of early childhood by investing in complex systems of care, empowering families, and strengthening the community.



First 5 Nevada County works on behalf of all children prenatal through age 5 and their families in Nevada County; but focuses on those who face significant risks and challenges to achieving their maximum physical and socio-emotional health and learning potential.


Executive Director - Melody Easton

Support Services Secretary - Rosemary Gonzalez 

Community Collaboration Coordinator - Alyssa Burke

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News & Views

Check out some of our featured articles below and learn more about our efforts.

Hard to Count Communities in Nevada County Come Together for Census

March 31, 2020

Parenting Support is Just a Referral Away

February 26, 2020

Radio Spot - KNCO - 2020 Census 

March 12, 2020

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