September 11th 2019

First 5 Sonoma County Opposes the Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security finalized a new rule for “public charge.” The change will impact the health and well-being of our communities by dramatically expanding how the use of health programs, services to meet basic living necessities (such as food and shelter) and other critical programs may affect an individual’s eligibility for a green card (Legal Permanent Resident status), or admission to the United States.
First 5 Sonoma County joins First 5 California, the First 5 Association and many other local First 5 Commissions across the state in strongly opposing the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule expansion, to take effect October 15th. As stated in the new rule, a person may be denied admission to the United States, lawful permanent resident status, or a visa extension if they use certain health, nutrition, and housing programs for which they are eligible. Discouraging children and their families from applying for essential public benefits will increase child poverty, have a negative impact on the health and well-being of immigrant families across the state, and will result in damages to California’s economy. We strongly assert that all parents and guardians should have access to the resources they need to keep their families healthy, safe, and ready to reach their full potential.
First 5 Sonoma County encourages everyone who is concerned about the impact of the expanded public charge rule on their family, neighbors and community to seek information and resources from trusted organizations.
Read the Statement on Public Charge Final Rule from First 5 CA, First 5 Association and First 5 LA, here.
Download information about how the change to the public charge rule may or may not impact you and your family:
For information on local Know Your Rights training and other services and supports related to immigration, contact Catholic Charities phone: 707-578-6000.


September 5th 2019

Fall 2019-20 Mini-Grant Program

First 5 Sonoma County is pleased to announce the Fall 2019-20 Mini-Grant call for proposals! 
First 5 Sonoma County funds programs and services for Sonoma County children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families.
The Mini-Grant Program provides small grants up to $5,000. There is no minimum request required.                                       
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.
For technical assistance call us at 707-522-2020.