Camille Maben describes what first five means to her.

What does First 5 mean to you?

First 5 means so many things to me. It is an agency dedicated to improving the quality of health and education for all children in California. We really try to focus on how we can best support families, caregivers and teachers. We aim for the quality upbringing of children from the day they’re born through their fifth year.

What is special about the 20th Anniversary of the First 5 Summit?

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years because in some ways it seems like it just started. The 20th anniversary gives us the opportunity to really look at what what we’ve done with with supporting families, public messaging, developmental screening, oral health, and public messaging, and so on.

You need to take a moment every once in a while and celebrate the good work you’ve done. But more than that, you need to look at it and really figure out how to how to make the most of what we’ve done over the last 20 years, build on it, and plan for the next 20.

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