First 5 Fresno County

Lighthouse for Children

Fresno, CA

A new child care center, community learning center, not-for-profit professional offices, and downtown headquarters for Fresno County’s Children and Families Commission  

The Project

Since its inception, First Five Fresno County has invested more than $200 million in local programs that provide direct services to young children and their families. These investments support high quality preventative health, early learning, and family support services that help give children the best possible start in life.   An integral part of FSFC’s long-term strategic plan, the 44,000-square foot Lighthouse for Children project created a new 15,000 square foot child care center, 10,000 outdoor play space, 10,000 square foot community learning center, 7,500 square feet of professional office space for non-profit service providers and 6,700 square feet of F5FC administrative offices. Central Valley NMTC financing proceeds were used for construction, FF&E, and a 500 kw photo-voltaic system.


Poverty Rate:

54.9 %

Median Family Income:


Unemployment Rate:



Created 185 construction jobs and 78 permanent jobs averaging over $56.75/hr in wages & benefits

Flexible and under-market lease space provided to non-profit partner organizations

90 child pre-school with 60% of slots set aside for low-income families

LEED certified


Total Project Cost


NMTC Allocation



Central Valley NMTC Fund, LLC; Children and Families Commission of Fresno County, Low-Income Investment Fund, Northern California Community Loan Fund, JP Morgan Chase Community Development Banking

Capital for Central Valley Communities