Lezlie Sterling/lsterling@sacbee.com

Six-year-old Christina Romero had a fever and toothache that kept her out of school but was told it would be more than a month before she could get treatment at her dental office. Instead, her mother, Mari Maldonado, left, obtained care for her at the Effort, a social services agency that used $2.5 million from First 5 Sacramento to build four dental clinics.

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