The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 provides countywide coordination and support to the First 5 Commission of San Diego’s First Steps program. This program provides home visitation services for expectant parents and parents of newborns. First 5 First Steps promotes positive parenting and enhances child health and development for families who may face hardships and stressors that place them at increased risk for poor health and developmental outcomes.

Services are provided by over 17 organizations; four regional leads and 13 subcontracting organizations. A regional leadership organization directs efforts within county regions. The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 coordinates and assists these lead organizations in their efforts to ensure that families have knowledge and understanding of growth and development as well as the parent-child relationship from the prenatal period up to three years of age. For more information about the project in your specific region, please contact the regional leadership organizations which include:


Palomar Health

Shirin Strauss, M.A., ICCE, IBCLC
642 East Grand Avenue
2nd floor
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 739-3990

Contact at AAP-CA3

Kim Thomas, MA
Project Director
First 5 First Steps Countywide Coordination


SAY San Diego

Sheri Easterly
4275 El Cajon Blvd.
Ste. 101
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 283-9624


Home Start, Inc.

Gerrie Fenton
333 E. Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92120
(619) 328-0954


South Bay Community Services

Nubia Soto
430 F Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 420-3620