about us

First 5 Placer is a public organization that was created after California voters passed Proposition 10, known as "The Children and Families Act". Proposition 10 is a tobacco tax that funds local First 5 county commissions to support the healthy development of children through age 5 in their jurisdiction. In Placer County, the First 5 Placer Children & Families Commission develop and implement a strategic plan for tobacco tax funds to fulfill our vision and mission.



Our Vision:

The First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission believes all children are our children; therefore we shall create an environment that supports our children and their families in reaching their full potential.

Our Mission:

In order to achieve our Vision, we will focus on early childhood development and will support and build on existing collaborative efforts by bringing together diverse perspectives, communities, and resources to assure comprehensive integrated strategies and holistic family-centered sustainable approaches.​

First 5 Placer builds the early childhood systems and supports needed to ensure Placer County's young children are safe, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and life.


first 5 placer Children & Families commission

The First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission is an autonomous, self-governing Commission appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The roles and responsibilities of the Commission encompass the following areas:

  1. Making strategic policy decisions

  2. Being an active leader and advocate in the community

  3. Providing fiscal accountability

  4. Implementing legal and financial responsibility

  5. Being accountable to the community

Learn more about each of our current commissioners below. 
Jim Holmes
Placer County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Catherine Goins
Placer County Children's Services
Jenny Davidson
Community Organization Rep.
Alison Schwedner
Commission Chair
Early Childhood Development
Rick Saletta
LCSW, MFT, Child Behavioral Health
Doug Blake
Commission Vice-Chair
Families at Risk
Gina Roberson
Community Organization Rep.
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Executive Director
Associate Manager-Operations
Associate Manager
Staff Support Specialist
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first 5 placer staff

The First 5 Placer is managed by Executive Director Janice LeRoux, Associate Manager of Operations Lindsay Wibberley, Associate Manager Sabrina Dean, and Staff Support Specialist Karli Smith.  They are responsible for supporting the Commission with the development and implementation of the First 5 Placer Strategic Plan, including policies, compliance, communications, reporting, evaluation, and management of funded partner contracts.   



Strategic Plan 2016-2022

The First 5 Placer Strategic Plan identifies a set of goals to be achieved and strategies by which the Commission seeks to produce positive changes for the children and families who receive support services. 


View or download our strategic plan for 2016-2022. 


Through ongoing evaluation, the Commission monitors the impact and effectiveness of its efforts, maintains a focus on continuous program improvement, and holds itself accountable as a steward of First 5 funds.
First 5 Placer’s evaluation is designed to:

  • Inform learning, guide program development, implementation and continuous improvement.

  • Document funded partner and Commission impact and effectiveness.

  • Support transparency to the community regarding the use of First 5 funds.


View First 5 Placer Evaluation documents here


View the First 5 Placer Independent Auditors’ Report for Fiscal Year 2018/19 here. 

2018-2019 Audit Letter to Management here.


Access the archive of Auditors' Reports here.  

© 2019 First 5 Placer

1229 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678

Phone: 530.745.1413


          Janice LeRoux, Executive Director: jleroux@placercoe.k12.ca.us              

Lindsay Wibberley, Associate Manager of Operations:  lwibberley@placercoe.k12.ca.us

Sabrina Dean, Associate Manager: sdean@placercoe.k12.ca.us

Karli Smith, Staff Support Specialist: ksmith@placercoe.k12.ca.us