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Early Childhood Development

Proper health, social, emotional, and educational opportunities are critical in the early years of a child’s life as the brain develops rapidly and provides a foundation for their growth. We can help you find programs and resources that will ensure your child has the healthy development they need to be successful in school and in life. Call 2-1-1 to learn more.

First 5 San Diego

Do you have a child age 5 or younger or a baby on the way? The first five years of life are critical to a child’s development and shape a child’s success in school and in life. First 5 San Diego has services for families with young children and pregnant women. They educate and help parents and caregivers help children during these early years. Its goal is to help ensure that every child in San Diego County enters school ready to succeed. Parents can call the First 5 San Diego Warm Line at 1-888-5-FIRST5 (888-534-7785) for help locating services and resources for their families.

First 5 Programs

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Programs

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a nutrition assistance program that aims to improve the health of pregnant and postpartum individuals as well as children up to age five. It provides benefits for healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support from trained professionals, and other health and community resources. The WIC program plays an important role in improving birth outcomes and reducing care costs.

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Perinatal Care Network (PCN)

The Perinatal Care Network (PCN) helps eligible pregnant women apply for Medi-Cal and access prenatal care. We can help you make your first appointment and find transportation assistance if you need it. If you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal, we can help you find other low-or-no-cost health coverage and other pregnancy services. Call 1-800-675-2229 for help finding prenatal care and other services needed during pregnancy.

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Diaper Banks

The San Diego Food Bank and its North County Food Bank chapter partner with dozens of nonprofit organizations to distribute diapers to families in need throughout San Diego County. 

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Our Partners