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First 5 Riverside County aims to invest in efforts that will have the most effective and positive impact on children and our community. Annually, a portion of tobacco tax revenue collected by the state is distributed to the respective counties based on their annual live birth rate. In turn, First 5 Riverside County, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, awards funds to organizations, specific projects and providers that facilitate programs or services that fit with the Commission’s strategic plan to support Riverside County children 0 through 5 years of age.

Types of Funding

Request for Proposal / Request for Qualifications

Funds are applied for and distributed through a Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications process where proposals are sought from the community targeting areas the Commission has determined meets the goals and objectives outlined in its Strategic Plan. If your organization is interested in applying, we accept applications during our announced funding opportunities.

Event Sponsorships

First 5 Riverside County provides sponsorships to help support community outreach/educational events and efforts that connect families with resources for children, 0 through 5 years of age. If your organization is interested in applying for a sponsorship from First 5 Riverside, please review and complete a Sponsorship application.

RFP # CFARC-0022-1
District 5 ARPA Child Care Facility Infrastructure 2023-2026

The County of Riverside Purchasing Department on behalf of the Riverside County Children & Families Commission (also known as First 5 Riverside County) is seeking to establish a list of projects from qualified licensed or intended to be duly licensed Early Care and Education (ECE) providers located within the Fifth Supervisorial District of Riverside County.

First 5 Riverside County is distributing $1,000,000 in Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds through the establishment of the Early Care & Education Recovery Fund, augmented by $1,000,000 in Proposition 10 funds. The Commission seeks projects that align with Federal, State, and County objectives to expand the number of ECE spaces to support economic recovery and expansion in order to enable parents to return to work. This funding intends to assist eligible providers with infrastructure development or expansion to serve more families with infants and toddlers, children ages 0-5, while primarily focusing on children ages 0-3. This opportunity is specifically directed at expansion of capacity and access, not to support current, ongoing, or general operations. For this RFP, references to ECE providers, childcare providers, and licensed providers are used interchangeably throughout the document. The resulting project must be located in the Fifth Supervisorial District.

The RFP must be accessed through the County's purchasing website here:


Current Funding Opportunities

First 5 Riverside County administers funding for proposals and projects through a transparent Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications process. As new funding and contract opportunities become available, they will be listed below through clickable links. Please take special note of deadlines and application requirements.

No additional funding opportunities at this time

First 5 Riverside County supports programs and services for children ages 0-5 and their families based on its strategic plan. Funds are applied for and distributed through procurement processes (RFP, RFA, RFQ) facilitated by the Riverside County Purchasing Department. These funds are intended to enhance existing services for children and may not supplant existing resources or create service duplication. Any grievances should be submitted by following the protest procedures.


Resources for Our Partners

We have several materials that we make available to our partner agencies to share with the children and families they serve. If you are interested in any of the materials below, please contact us.  To contact us regarding payment, please email [email protected].

Kit for New Parents

The Kit for New Parents is a resource that includes everything from practical advice on prenatal care to information on a child’s first years.

Care, Cope, Connect

The Care, Cope, Connect resource helps support families who may be in a state of fear, anxiety, or loss.

Created by Sesame Street in Communities in collaboration with the First 5 Association of California, the resource includes self-care tips for parents/caregivers and activity pages for kids.

Potter the Otter

Potter the Otter knows that eating good food, choosing water, and getting exercise helps little ones grow stronger. Curl up and read Potter’s favorite books or print out fun activities by visiting Potter the Otter’s new website.