Location & Staff
First 5 Inyo County
568 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93514
Serena Johnson, Executive Director
Phone: (760) 873-6453
Melissa Ruiz, Prevention Specialist
Phone: (760) 873-2301
Barbara Keller, Prevention Specialist
Phone: (760) 873-4159
Mission, Vision, & Goals
The mission of First 5 Inyo County is to fund outcomes that promote optimal early development, shaping the trajectory of a child's life to yield ongoing benefits and rewards. We do this by investing in the 5 Protective Factors in each Inyo community to improve child health, child development, family strengths, and critical resources for children from before birth through Kindergarten entry at age 5.
All children in Inyo County will thrive in supportive, nurturing, and safe environments, enter school healthy and ready to learn, and become integrated, contributing members of society.
- Ensure children 0-5 receive timely and adequate health services to prevent, detect, and treat health issues.
- Improve the development of children 0-5 and promote successful transition to school.
- Support optimal parenting and family self-sufficiency.
- Improve systems of care and leverage existing resources throughout Inyo County.
In November 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, the "Children
and Families Act of 1998" initiative, which then became effective
on January 1, 1999. The act levies a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco
products in order to provide funding for early childhood development
programs. The ultimate goal is to enhance the early growth experiences
of children, enabling them to be more successful in school and ultimately
to give them an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Revenues generated
from the tobacco tax are used to:
• Create a comprehensive and integrated delivery system of information
and services to promote early childhood development;
• Provide funds to supplement existing community services or to establish
new services that focus on parenting education, child health and wellness, early
child care and education, and family support; and
• Educate Californians via a statewide multimedia campaign on the importance
of early childhood development and smoking cessation.
Tobacco tax revenues are accumulated in a designated trust fund to meet
the needs of children ages prenatal to 5 throughout the state. In 2002,
almost $600 million will be placed in this trust fund. 80% of these funds
are then allocated to the 58 counties of the state according to the live
birth rate of each county. The remaining 20% of the money is directed
to statewide programs, research, and media campaigns.
Proposition 10 is premised on new information about brain development. Young
children learn and grow because of the key role their parents or caregivers
play in their development. Although a wide range of individuals and institutions
impact the health and well being of young children, the role of parents is
paramount. Parenting is much more important between the ages of birth to five
than we once believed. By providing children with safe, nurturing, and stimulating
environments, parents and caregivers influence long-term growth and development
during these important early years.
The Inyo County Children and Families Commission was created in 1999
by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, according to provisions of the
Children and Families Act of 1998, to carry out the work of Proposition
10 in the county.
First 5 Inyo County Commissioners are appointment by the Board of Supervisors. Duties include meeting attendance and participation, voting to approve and deny proposed projects and expenditures, reviewing strategic, special, and targeted grant proposals, and general service as a community advocate for early child education and development.
Robyn Wisdom, Chair - Early Child Educator
Jeff Griffiths, Vice-Chair - County Supervisor
Anna Scott - HHS Director designee
Melissa Best-Baker - HHS Designee
Lisa Fontana - Early Child Educator
Eileen Dougherty - Parent Representative
Amanda Miloradich - Early Child Health Representative
You can access our updated 2014-19 Strategic Plan or click below on the First 5 Inyo Annual Report presentation you'd like to review:
First 5 Inyo Annual Evaluation Report 2016-17
First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2015-16
First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2014-15
First 5 Inyo Annual Report 2013-14
Family Intake Form Results 2009-2014
Synthesis of Strategies & Sustainability
Commission meeting agendas and packets can be found here, along with a meeting schedule.