First Five - About Us

Proposition 10

In November 1998, California voters approved the Children and Families First Act, commonly referred to as Proposition 10. Proposition 10, which levied a 50 cents per pack tax on cigarettes, was designed to fund early childhood development and anti-tobacco education programs at the local level.

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Pursuant to the passage of Proposition 10, in 1999 the Mariposa County Children and Families Commission was established. Since its inception, the commission has enthusiastically supported programs and initiatives through the guidance of a compelling vision of the future sought for Mariposa County's children and the mission of First 5 Mariposa County.

Annual Report & Strategic Plan

The Annual Report Brochure describes the funded projects, vision, mission, goals, result areas and expenditures in the current fiscal year.

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First 5 Bylaws

The First Five Bylaws govern the operation of the Commission. This includes their:

  • Authority
  • Committees
  • Decision making
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Meetings
  • Membership
  • Officers
  • Purpose
  • Staff

View the 2009 Bylaws (PDF).


  • Angelina Brouilette, Member at Large
  • Robin Hopper, School District Designee
  • Margarita King, County Health Officer Designee/Representative
  • Chevon Kothari, Mariposa County Human Services Director
  • Patrick McCarthy, Early Childhood Educator
  • Jennifer McCollom, Recipient of Special Projects
  • Gwen Nitta, Local Child Care Planning Council
  • Rosemarie Smallcombe, Board of Supervisors Representative
  • Kim Tucker, Member at Large
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AB 1234 Ethics Training

All Commissioners and First 5 Staff have completed the training and received their certificates of completion/certification. The certificates are on file at the First 5 office. Access the login link.

Reports & Documents

The Audit Report (Management Discussion and Analysis Report) provides an overview of the financial position and results of activities of First 5 in Mariposa County.

Evaluation Reports

Financial Statements & Audit Report

First 5 Audit Report 2021 (PDF)

Other Documents

California Form 700

The California Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests for each member of the First 5 Commission are on file with Karen Herman, Mariposa County Deputy Clerk.

Small Population County Funding Augmentation

Originally initiated in Fiscal Year 1999 to 2000, the First 5 California Commission provided additional funding of up to $200,000 to small population counties to help ensure the implementation of Proposition 10 was truly a statewide effort. On January 26, 2017, the State Commission approved up to $8.625 million in additional funding over four years (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021) for 20 small population county commissions with low birth rates and to ensure core operations and services are sustained for children and families residing in these communities.

Focused Investment Areas

In order to participate in SPCFA, counties agree to terms outlined in a Local Area Agreement framework to implement successful local systems, measure outcomes and monitor progress, and demonstrate quality improvement in three focused investment areas:

  • Developmental and Health Needs
  • Engaging and Supporting Families
  • High-Quality Early Learning/Early Educator Support and Effectiveness

More Information

If you would like to submit a question or comment regarding the SPCFA, you can do so by emailing SPCFA staff. In the subject line, please reference the specific county and program corresponding to the inquiry (e.g., re: Mariposa County-Dental Health).

For more information, please see the following documents related to SPCFA funding, FAQs, reporting forms, and an evaluation tool kit.