Recent media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.

Bitterroot Magazine/September 13, 2019
No Citizenship Question, but Counties are Still Worried About a Census Undercount
“The county also is working with youth group First 5 Contra Costa, which has planned a campaign using a Sesame Street character, the Count, to spread awareness and take politics out of the census.”

The Sacramento Bee/ September 8, 2019
How can public schools address the challenges faced by California’s various ethnic communities?
Kim Belshe – Executive Director of First 5 LA: “…we need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. We can’t be indifferent to the reality that not all children are treated equally and have equitable access to opportunity.”

Central Coast Public Radio/ September 5, 2019
Central Coast Voices: We are the care: A community initiative to address the local child care crisis
“(Fred Munroe) will be speaking with Tonya Iversen, Director of ASI Children’s Center with Cal Poly, Molly Kern, Director of Governmental Affairs with San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and Wendy Wendt, Executive Director with First 5 San Luis Obispo County as they discuss  the lack of access to affordable, quality child care in SLO County and talk about ‘We Are the Care,’ a new community mobilization designed to come up with local solutions to the child care crisis…”

Sonoma West Times & News/ September 4, 2019
Parent Resource Fair weaves web of support for families
“The West County Parent Resource Fair sounds like a blast — fun activities for kids plus support, education and free massages for parents… The fair is being sponsored by Palm Drive Health Care District, First 5 Sonoma County, the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center and Sonoma Family Life Media.”

Paradise Post/ September 4, 2019
First 5 Butte County names new executive director
“First 5 Butte County Children & Families Commission announced on Tuesday that Anna Bauer has been named as its Executive Director… Bauer has worked with the Commission since 2008 as a champion of home visitation, maternal mental health, and healing and resilience from adverse childhood experiences.”

Monterey County Weekly/ August 29, 2019
KinderCare leaving Monterey adds to an already-serious gap in child care services.
“Even if parents can afford child care, there aren’t enough spaces available to accommodate every child. Only 47 percent of working families have access to child care, says Francine Rodd, executive director of First 5 Monterey County.”

Sacramento Business Journal/ August 27, 2019
What does nonprofit sustainability look like?
“Since the passage of Proposition 10, there has been a decline in tobacco sales leading to an ever-growing decline in tobacco tax revenue, First 5 Sacramento decided that ground-breaking action was required. First 5 Sacramento worked in conjunction with Storywalkers Consulting and the Impact Foundry to tailor a program that could prepare 24 local agencies serving young children and families to face, and overcome, the predicted funding cuts.”

The Mercury News and East Bay Times/ August 14, 2019
Opinion: Paid family leave should be a right, not a luxury
In favor of the governor’s pledge for six months of leave per child and California’s 2019-20 budget’s increase of paid family leave from six to eight weeks, Jonathan Rubinsky, communications officer for First 5 San Francisco, reflects, “As the father of two young children, I have experienced firsthand how our babies’ earliest experiences help build the structure of their brain, so they can learn and be healthy. All little kids deserve great care, regardless of where they live or how much money their family has.”

The Californian/ August 13, 2019
Trump DHS policy could leave Monterey County’s immigrant-driven economy, community reeling
“Monterey County relies on countless immigrants who contribute to the service, agricultural, and child care fields and yet are the working poor,” said Francine Rodd, executive director for First 5 Monterey County, “Families are now feeling like they face a decision that can potentially jeopardize their legal status or how they provide for their children.”

EdSource/ August 13, 2019
Federal government to restrict green cards for immigrants who could use food stamps or other aid in future
In light of the Trump administration’s decision grant officers the ability to consider whether immigrants have used or may use Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance in determining green card eligibility, many families are unenrolling from these programs. Moira Kenney, executive director of the First 5 Association of California, is quoted: “We have received many reports from First 5s across California of parents pulling their children out of preschool and declining health services for their kids due to fear of repercussions and we expect this will only get worse with the new public charge rule in effect.”

The Fresno Bee/ August 9, 2019
Once addicted to meth, a Fresno woman learned it is never too late to be a better parent
After receiving support from a home visitor through First 5 Fresno’s Help Me Grow program, one parent recalls her life-changing experience: “My home visitor Sally showed me all kinds of things I didn’t know — how to make a schedule, how to make time for things like reading and talking to my baby. She taught me that when your baby stops using so many diapers, it means they are ready to potty train. I have this big connection to my baby now. I never had this much of a connection with my other kids when they were little.”

EdSource/ August 8, 2019
California’s big spending push for children could have national impact
Regarding California’s newfound and large investments in children and families, Kris Perry, senior adviser to the governor on implementation of early childhood development initiatives and former executive director of First 5 California and the First Five Years Fund, remarked: “The new money that the governor is investing in young children is historic and it’s wide ranging, so it’s not just how much, but it’s how many different parts of children’s lives it touches.”

The Sacramento Bee/ August 4, 2019
To prepare children for school earlier, we have to take care of their families too
In this California Influencers opinion piece, Kim Belshé, executive director for First 5 LA, weighs in the importance of early intervention: “Rather than focusing primarily on the emergencies, we owe our kids the respect to tend to their needs before they reach crisis proportions,” Belshé said. “Why do we wait for families to… fall into crisis rather than supporting those in need of help managing the challenges of parenting? Shouldn’t we prioritize strengthening and prevention over crisis and remediation?”

Thousand Oaks Acorn/ July 25, 2019
First 5 begins new chapter in Ventura County
In a new cost-effective partnership with Interface Children and Family Services, First 5 Ventura County will debut its redesigned Neighborhood for Learning program at the University Early Childhood Center and will open 13 additional locations in late August to September.  The program will serve as a child development resource for parents, offer a place to connect with other parents, and provide access to developmental screenings and referral to services such as housing, dental and Cal Fresh food assistance programs.

Roseville Today/ July 11, 2019
Gov. Newsom’s Parent Agenda Will Improve Health of California Children and Families
First 5 Placer commissioner, practicing physician, and working mother of a two-year-old daughter born with a rare congenital condition, Dr. Alinea Stevens praises Governor Newsom’s parent-friendly new state budget, which includes over $53.9 million for developmental screenings and $60 million towards trauma screenings.

Times-Standard/ July 7, 2019
North Coast Happenings (for July 7)
With support from First 5 Humboldt, a Breastfeeding Support Group will take place in the community to provide evidence-based information and breastfeeding support and to help families find out about other community resources for parents and their children.

Sierra Sun/ July 5, 2019
Tahoe Truckee nonprofits merge into Sierra Community House
With funding in part from First 5 Placer, the Family Resource Center of Truckee, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA have merged and strengthened their services as the newly formed Sierra Community House.

The Salinas Californian/ July 1, 2019
Pop-up youth museum in CSUMB Salinas Center still open for families this summer
As part of a summer pop-up museum hosted inside of California State University, Monterey Bay’s Salinas Center for Arts and Culture to encourage children to explore and play, First 5 Monterey County supported with creating  an outdoor play area that celebrates Monterey County’s coastline, mountains and farmland.

Hoy/ June 29, 2019
EEUU: Habrá campaña para alentar a indocumentados a participar en Censo 2020
There Will Be A Campaign To Encourage Undocumented People To Participate In The Census 2020

“First 5 Association of California and First 5 California also celebrate the signing of a budget that will make a historic investment of more than $ 2 billion in young children, which include supporting early care and education; increase in detection rates of development; identifying childhood trauma, the expansion of funds for home visits; and the extension of paid family leave and tax credits for working families.”

“First 5 Association of California y First 5 California celebran también la firma de un presupuesto que hará una inversión histórica de más de $2 mil millones en los niños pequeños, que incluyen apoyar el cuidado y la educación temprana; aumento de las tasas de detección del desarrollo; identificando el trauma infantil, la expansión de los fondos para las visitas domiciliarias; y la ampliación de la licencia familiar remunerada y los créditos fiscales para las familias trabajadoras.”

Daily Republic/ June 29, 2019
Solano Fair offers quiet spot for shade, family fun
Solano County community organizations, including First 5 Solano, have collaborated to bring the First 5 Family Zone at the Solano County Fair. “This provides free activities for kids and parents,” said Cinda-Rae Clemente, resource and referral program manager at First 5 Solano Children and Family Commission, which hosted the sandbox. “These are the kinds of activities we provide for parents and caregivers.”

Lake County News/ June 29, 2019
First 5 Lake awards over $1 million in grants for services benefiting young children and families
In an effort to strengthen families and support young children, the First 5 Lake Commission awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to Easterseals Bay Area for the “Childfind Linkages Project”, Lake County Office of Education for “Lake County Blooms Healthy Together”, and Sutter Lakeside Hospital for the “Smart Start – Family Support Program.”

Business Wire/ June 28, 2019
State Budget Makes Historic Investment In California’s Youngest Children
In response to Governor Newsom signing the “California for All” budget, executive director of First 5 Association Moira Kenney remarked: “With this budget, the governor makes clear that his administration prioritizes young children and families… When we support children in the earliest years, we not only shape the course of their lives, we shape our future as a state.”

Advocate News/ June 28, 2019
Mendocino Coast Clinics Executive Director named ‘Rural Health Rockstar’
Executive Director Mendocino Coast Clinics and commissioner of First 5 Mendocino Lucresha Renteria received the Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County’s 2019 Rural Health Rock Star award for her exemplary work in caring for the rural community.

Streetsblog Los Angeles/ June 25, 2019
New Safe Streets Advocacy Guide from L.A. Walks and Best Start
In partnership with other local community organizations in Los Angeles, First 5 Los Angeles has developed a new guide available for neighbors wanting to improve their streets. In the introduction of the report, First 5 Los Angeles Executive Director Kim Belshé emphasizes that families need thriving communities where “children learn to engage with the world around them,” and “an important part of a thriving community is a walkable neighborhood that promotes physical activity and a safe environment where children can get to school, medical services, and outdoor recreation.”

California Health Report/ June 25, 2019
Proposal to Change Poverty Calculations Could Cause 30,000 to Lose Public Benefits in California
Joining many California advocacy groups that denounce the federal administration’s plan to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, Moira Kenney, executive director of First 5 Association of California, affirms in a statement: “Moving the line in the sand labeled ‘poverty’ doesn’t change the reality on the ground for kids.”

EdSource/ June 25, 2019
California wants to find out if you — or your kids — have experienced trauma
In this article covering California’s push to screen for adverse childhood experiences, Erin Gabel, deputy director of external and governmental affairs for First 5 California, is quoted: “We see those things together and are incredibly excited about the power of prevention and how that may lead to truly addressing the achievement gap… By the time children have entered kindergarten, we’ve lost a peak era of brain development for them. Ninety percent of brain development is happening before the age of 5.”

Education Dive/ June 24, 2019
Trump plan to re-calculate poverty level would affect school lunch, Head Start eligibility
In response to the federal administration’s plan to change how the federal poverty line is calculated, Moira Kenney, executive director of First 5 Association of California remarks, “Moving the line in the sand labeled ‘poverty’ doesn’t change the reality on the ground for kids… Little kids and their families are already struggling, especially in California, where housing, child care, food and other basic living costs are among the highest in the nation.”

NBC San Diego/ June 23, 2019
‘Space Jam’ to ‘Moana’: ‘Summer Movies in the Park’ Returns for 2019 Season
In an effort to increase public park visitation and strengthen community, First 5 San Diego supported with hosting a full summer of family-friendly flicks with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.

Daily Republic/ June 21, 2019
First 5 Family Zone offers fun activities to children
Partnering with Sutter Health for the Solano County Fair, First 5 Solano contributed to the creation of the First 5 Family Zone, a farm-themed area will include fun activities for children ages 0 to 5 including a miniature hay maze, a planting station, an animal bag puppet activity, a bean bag toss and the return of the popular First 5 Solano giant sandbox.

Davis Enterprise/ June 18, 2019
State education officials have Davis connections
Former deputy director of program management at First 5 California and longtime Davis resident Sarah Neville-Morgan has been appointed Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch at the California Department of Education.

Santa Barbara Edhat/ June 18, 2019
“Welcome Every Baby” Program Certified
Launched in 2000 with funding from First 5 Santa Barbara,  the “Welcome Every Baby” program is now certified as an evidence-based Family Connects model and will be refreshing its name and look. Over the last 19 years, WEB has provided over 16,000 registered nurse home visits in Santa Barbara County for families with newborns.

Modesto Bee/ June 15, 2019
‘California Priorities’ panel examines health and care for children
At a Focus on Health Care program hosted by The Modesto Bee, First 5 Stanislaus executive director David Jones joins local and state experts to discuss how a supportive environment at home can help support a young child as they navigate many challenges in life.

KCBX Morning Edition and Stockton Record/ June 14, 2019
California Just Passed $215 Billion Budget: Here’s What’s Between The Lines
Under the $214.8 billion spending plan, the California legislature designated $25 million towards a pilot project with First 5 California for child savings account for college and postsecondary education.

Sierra Sun/ June 14, 2019
Placer County moves forward on 2-1-1 system
With financial support from First 5 Placer and Placer County Office of Education, and direction from the Board of Supervisors, Placer County will be moving forward with the development of their 211 online and telephone system.

Bay Area Reporter/ June 14, 2019
Online Extra: Political Notes: In a 1st, all Napa County cities fly Pride flag
With support from First 5 Napa County and in honor of June’s Pride month, all five cities in Napa County have decided to fly the Pride flag in a historic first. First 5 Napa resident and executive director of First 5 Napa County Joelle Gallagher shared: “We discovered there are a lot of issues for LGBTQ parents and families around feeling welcomed in the community and feeling a part of the community… We pulled together a small group of parents and asked about their needs and desires. Out of that conversation came this notion that small gestures of inclusion were really, really important.”

POLITICO/ June 10, 2019
Childcare Teachers Won’t Get Pay Boost Under Budget Deal
“To not fix that [rate] system while trying to build it up is like building a much bigger house on a weak foundation,” Erin Gabel, deputy director of First 5 California, told POLITICO. “To not be able to seize this moment has been a very hard knock for folks… I am concerned that we will never achieve the governor’s incredible vision of universal preschool without addressing that school districts aren’t providing it because they can’t afford to. They can’t pay competitive salaries for preschool teachers with the rates we provide.”

Inland Empire Community News/ June 10, 2019
San Bernardino Valley College hosts California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
As her last stop for the statewide speaking tour, Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris participated in a roundtable at San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Child Development Center to discuss how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress influences health outcomes. The discussion included First 5 San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College faculty and staff, officials from Children’s Fund, Loma Linda University, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation, and others.

Pasadena Star-News/ June 10, 2019
Families Forward: Doing right by Pasadena’s youngest schoolchildren
Co-authored by Rafael González, director of community relations at First 5 Los Angeles, this piece spotlights that although high-quality early education programs deliver many benefits to communities, cities such as Pasadena still have many children who do not have access to those programs.

The Tribune/ June 8, 2019
Children’s health care to be discussed at Modesto Bee health event
As part of The California Influencer Series, David Jones, executive director of First 5 Stanislaus, Elaine Soriano, regional medical director at Golden Valley Health Centers and Leslie Abasta-Cummings, CEO at Livingston Community Health, discuss health issues and impacts on Stanislaus County children face in their daily lives and learning experiences.

InlandEmpire.US/ June 6, 2019
California’s Surgeon General Tours Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
Joined by First 5 Riverside and San Bernardino, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris hosts a roundtable with health and mental health clinicians, social services providers and experts in early childhood development in the Inland Empire to conclude her statewide listening tour. First 5 Riverside ED Tammi Graham is quoted: “We know the physical and emotional well-being of children is largely dependent on the strength, health and resilience of the family.”

Monterey County Weekly/ June 6, 2019
CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts and Culture creates a place to play – with a mission.
Nina Alcaraz of First 5 Monterey collaborates with CSU Monterey Bay’s Salinas Center for Arts and Culture, CSU Monterey Bay, Monterey Youth Museum, the Transportation Authority of for Monterey County, Salinas Public Libraries to create MY Town, a new pop-up children’s exhibition that allows kids to explore their very own miniature city.

The Ukiah Daily Journal/ June 5, 2019
Mendocino County Rural Health Rock Star honorees announced
Lucresha Renteria, of Mendocino Coast Clinics and commissioner of First 5 Mendocino, receives the Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County’s 2019 Rural Health Rock Star award as an Advocate/Leader for her valuable work in supporting children and families.

Monterey Herald/ June 3, 2019
County board begins hearings on $1.5 billion budget
Monterey County’s Board of Supervisors will begin hearings for the 2019-20 $1.5 billion proposed budget, which includes funding for 12 staff for early childhood education initiatives such as First 5 Monterey County’s Bright Beginnings program.

The Siskiyou Daily News/ June 1, 2019
Supervisors support county resource centers
Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative, a local partner of First 5 Siskiyou, receives $20,000, twice the initially requested amount, in program funding after a successful county board of supervisors vote.

The Sacramento Bee/ May 30, 2019
Placer County implementing 211 system for wildfire evacuations, community information
Strongly advocated for by First 5 Placer, Placer County will be adopting a 211 online and telephone system to provide residents with a free connection to resources ranging from emergency situation coordination, disaster aid to health, and community and employment services.

Roseville Today/ May 30, 2019
With financial support from First 5 Placer and Placer County Office of Education, Placer County staff will be formalizing contracts in the next few months in order to roll out a 211 information hotline and online system in the next year.

ABC News Bakersfield/ May 30, 2019
Adventist Health offering free Childhood Immunizations next month
With First 5 Kern grant funding, Adventist Health Bakersfield will be offering free vaccinations to children under the age of 18 who have no health insurance, are enrolled in Medi-Cal, or identify as American Indian or Native Alaskan, with priority given to children under five years of age and their siblings.

The Record, Bakersfield/ May 30, 2019
State surgeon general visits Albany Park
As part of the statewide listening tour, First 5 Kern Executive Director Roland Maier hosted a forum for California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris at the First 5 Bakersfield offices.

Sonoma West/ May 29, 2019
Survey shows 70% of Sonoma County children ready or almost ready for kindergarten
This article discusses families, schools, early learning environments, and the community support that can positively affect school readiness for children, and Executive Director of First 5 Sonoma County Angie Dillon-Shore is quoted: “What we think of as an ‘achievement gap’ is actually often an opportunity gap… Children who have greater opportunities that support optimal cognitive and social emotional development from birth are far more likely to be ready to succeed when they start kindergarten.”

KSBY/ May 29, 2019
SLO County community leaders discuss challenge of child care
In San Luis Obispo, community members discuss their county’s child care needs during a town hall meeting. Wendy Wendt, Executive Director of First Five SLO County, is quoted: “If we don’t have a community that provides accessible, affordable childcare for working parents, then that puts a squeeze on our entire community, on our economy, and its ability to hire good workers and its ability to provide an opportunity for people to both work and be good employees as well as be at home and be good parents.”

Action News Now/ May 28, 2019
First 5 – Shasta
First 5 Shasta and First 5 Siskiyou have invested over $25 million in programs, services and activities that help build the lives of thousands of Shasta County children ages 0-to-5 and their families.

The Press Democrat/ May 24, 2019
Pepperwood Preserve, Mark West preschool seek donations
With financial support from community organizations and a $100,000 facilities grant from First 5 Sonoma, children and families strive to raise $2 million to rebuild facilities for Mark West Community Preschool that were burned down in the Tubbs fire in 2017.

KALW Public Radio/ May 22, 2019
How can California tackle its child poverty crisis?
In this edition of Your Call, Conway Collis, member of the California State Commission on Children and Families (the state First 5 Commission), president and CEO of GRACE, co-chair of California’s Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, and founding Board Chair of the National Foster Youth Institute, and Brittany Jackson, academic advocate with the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood discuss their findings surrounding child poverty after completing their bus tour across California.

Mercury News and EdSource/ May 12, 2019
Infants and toddlers the most undercounted in census
To ensure California counts children ages 0 to 5 for Census 2020, First 5 Association ED Moira Kenney discusses the strategy of outreaching to organizations that already work with low-income families with children.

EdSource/ May 10, 2019
California Governor Expands Commitments to Young Children, Low-Income Families
EdSource covers the governor’s May revision to his proposed budget, and quotes Moira Kenney: “What we saw in this May revision really addresses all of the aspects of the family’s experience, and those families particularly living at the bottom of the income ladder.”

Redheaded Blackbelt/ May 7, 2019
Counting on Community: Exploring Pathways for Child, Family, & Community Wellness
In a partnership with First 5 Humboldt, 0 to 8 Mental Health Collaborative, and the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council, the 2019 Children’s Mental Health Summit will feature a three-day symposium focused on infant-family and early childhood mental health, trauma-responsive practices, and community resilience strategies.

The Triplicate/ May 4, 2019
Coastal Voices: New chapter starts for the Wonder Bus
In this opinion piece, Angela Glore, Executive Director First 5 Del Norte, and Melodee Mitchell, Executive Director of Del Norte Child Care Council, share an exciting update about the Wonder Bus, a children’s library and small, mobile Family Resource Center.

The Ridgecrest Daily Independent/ May 4, 2019
Many come together for 6th annual Kids Day in Weed
To celebrate their 20 year anniversary and highlight April Child Abuse Prevention month, First 5 Siskiyou Community Resource Center collaborated with organizations throughout Siskiyou County to host the 6th Annual Kids Day Festival with 500 kids in attendance.

East Bay Times/ May 3, 2019
Concord tenants demand protection from rent hikes, evictions
This article references 2018 survey findings, conducted by First 5 Concord in partnership with East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy and Raise the Roof, which reveal that a majority of Concord residents are highly concerned with their rent increases and possibility of eviction.

CBS-5 San Francisco Bay Area/ May 1, 2019
Bay Area May Day Rallies Draw Hundreds Of Union Workers, Supporters
In this article about Oakland May Day, First 5 California’s Cecilia Perez-Mejia is quoted in this piece about the unjust evictions and skyrocketing rent increases the community experiences.

Cal Matters/ May 1, 2019
E-Scooters and head injuries, early childhood development, and Kamala Harris’ standing
First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her youngest child, Dutch, joins First 5 on Advocacy Day to champion early childhood education.

KCRA-3 Sacramento/ Apr. 30, 2019
KCRA-3 Reports @ 6 PM
During First 5’s Advocacy Day and in support of early childhood literacy, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom read English and Spanish stories to children on the Capitol lawn before kicking off a festive day of activities planned especially for kids.

Sacramento Bee/ Apr. 30, 2019
Gender tax bill + First Partner celebrates child literacy + Housing bill faces first test
As part of First 5’s Advocacy Day and in honor of Día de los Niños, a Mexican holiday that celebrates children, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom hosted a bilingual story reading and took part in the day’s fun-filled agenda with the kids.

Univision-34 Los Angeles/ Apr. 30, 2019
Con música, lectura y arte, así celebraron en Sacramento el Día de los Niños
“Al evento asistió la esposa del gobernador de California, Jennifer Siebel, quién leyó varios cuentos bilingües a los asistentes y resaltó la importancia de los menores en la sociedad.”

KFBK 93.1 Sacramento/ Apr. 30, 2019
In this radio news clip, Janice LeRoux, president of the First 5 Association, emphasizes how crucial the first years are for parents to have active, stimulating discussions with their children. Christina Elliott, First 5 Sacramento Commissioner, praises First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Governor Gavin Newsom for making preschool accessible to all kids in California a priority.

Education Dive/ Apr. 29, 2019
Legislative plan provides ‘roadmaps’ for boosting early ed access in California
In this article, Erin Gabel of First 5 California comments on the strength and comprehensiveness of the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education’s plan to increase access to care and education programs to low-income families.

California Economic Summit/ Apr. 26, 2019
Event to highlight child literacy bringing story time to the Capitol
This article covers the support The Summit network has for First 5’s Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros celebration and Advocacy Day with Governor and First Partner Newsom, State Librarian Greg Lucas, First 5 executive directors, commissioners, and staff from all over California.

Science Daily/ Apr. 23, 2019
Improved WIC food packages reduced obesity risk for children, study finds
Research findings, funded by First 5 Los Angeles, examined health and population data from children served by the WIC program in Los Angeles County, and revealed that changes to diets during a child’s early years could positively impact growth and reduce their obesity risk.

Post News Group/ Apr. 18, 2019
Marin County Child Care Commission’s 4th Annual Community Meeting on Early Care and Education
With the support of First 5 Marin and many other organizations, the Marin County Child Care Commission kicked off the Month of the Young Child by launching the countywide 2020-2025 Early Learning and Care Strategic Plan design process with two goals: “keep parents working and keep kids learning”.

Davis Enterprise/ Apr. 15, 2019
Film ‘Resilience’ explore effects of toxic stress
Co-sponsored by First 5 Yolo County and in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, free screenings of the film “Resilience” in Yolo County explored the deep impacts childhood trauma can inflict on adult health, including “deadly diseases, shortened life expectancy, and compromised mental health”.

Red Bluff Daily News/ Apr. 8, 2019
Family fun-focused event hosted at movie theater
Spotlighting  the 20th anniversary of First 5 Tehama and Child Abuse Prevention Month, First 5 Tehama, the Tehama County Childhood Abuse Prevention Council, Prime Cinemas and other community organizations partnered to host a Saturday for the Family Fun at the Movies event for families and kids.

The Siskiyou Daily News & Mount Shasta Herald/ Apr. 8, 2019
April 10 workshop on preventing child abuse
First 5 Siskiyou, in partnership with the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative, and the Family and Community Resource Center of Weed, hosted a powerful workshop to equip parents, schools, and community organizations with the tools for protecting children and preventing child sexual abuse in their environments.

Daily Democrat/ Apr. 7, 2019
Esparto Regional Library April programs
Made possible through grant funding from First 5 Yolo, Esparto Regional Library’s April programming hosted Hora de Cuentos, otherwise known as Bilingual Spanish Story Time, every week for children ages 0 to 5 in the Yolo community.

Action News Now/ Apr. 7, 2019
Kids Love the Redding Fire Department!
As part of First 5 Shasta’s Week of the Young Child, the children were treated to meeting the firefighters, exploring the fire trucks, and receiving their very own fire helmets.

EdSource/ Apr. 2, 2019
Newsom names two to state’s education board: former superintendent and early ed advocate
Known as a leading advocate for early education and expert in fiscal policy, First 5 Los Angeles Vice President for Policy and Strategy Kim Pattillo-Brownson is appointed to the California State Board of Education.

The Triplicate/ Apr. 2, 2019
Candlelight vigil focuses on youth strength
First 5 Del Norte participated in local Child Abuse Prevention Month activities by hosting a community roundtable brunch about the importance of resilience in fighting the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and honoring local organizations who have nurtured this resilience in their communities.

KTVL-10 CBS/ Apr. 1, 2019
Ongoing child abuse case highlights how to identify child abuse
In KTVL’s coverage of the dangers of child abuse, First 5 Siskiyou Executive Director Karen Pautz speaks about First 5’s efforts to actively prevent child abuse by providing evidence-based classes to parents, such as cooking healthy meals, opening family communication at home, and reducing stress and anger.

Lake County News/ Apr. 1, 2019
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
For National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Lake County community, the First 5 Express, a bilingual children’s activity center, joined in efforts to raise awareness for child abuse prevention practices and strengthen and empower families.

Fairfield Daily Republic/ Mar. 31, 2019
Community News: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School offers pre-kindergarten summer academy
In partnership with First 5 Solano, Fairfield-Suisun Adult School’s SPACE Program is offering free enrollment for their 2019 Summer Pre-Kindergarten Academy, a free half day pre-kindergarten program, for families and children with little or no preschool experience.

New Times San Luis Obispo/ Mar. 28, 2019
Where’s the care? Local families confront high costs, limited options for child care
In response to San Luis Obispo’s staggering childcare costs and inaccessibility, First 5 San Luis Obispo and other advocacy organizations facilitated a fruitful discussion at a public town hall for families, employers, civic leaders, educators, regional planners, students, and advocates.

Taft Midway Driller & Siskiyou Daily News/ Mar. 21, 2019
‘Imagination Library’ provides free books for children
With the sponsorship of First 5 Siskiyou, Delta Kappa Gamma-Gamma Nu, a group of professional women educators, strengthens early childhood literacy and imagination by delivering free books every month to children up to age 5 in Siskiyou County.

EdSource/ Mar. 8, 2019
Increasing subsidized child care and pay for providers crucial for California, report says
In this EdSource article, First 5 Los Angeles’ Kim Pattillo-Brownson weighs in on the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education’s ‘tour de force’ draft report’s long-term goal of alleviating the heavy costs of child care for low to average income families in California.

Record Bee/ Mar. 7, 2019
California gets boost from federal government to expand early learning
California’s work in improving child care access and early learning for infants and children, an area that First 5 California has been focused on, has received a Preschool Development Birth Through Five Grant of $10.6 million, .

Education Dive/ Feb. 13, 2019
The Transformative Power of Reaching Children Before Kindergarten
In this article about initiatives across the country to prepare kids for school in the first few years of life, the author mentions that data tools, like the CDN/First 5 Association’s newly released Strong Start Index, can help in targeting neighborhoods for services where there are needed the most.

Davis Enterprise/ Feb. 13, 2019
New Data Index Helps Identify Needs of State’s Youngest Children
This article covers the debut of the Association and Children’s Data Network’s Strong Start Index, and quotes First 5 Yolo County ED Gina Daleiden discussing how her county can use it.

Del Norte Triplicate/ Feb. 12, 2019
‘It’s About the Children: Always’
Pinned on First 5 Del Norte’s upcoming 20th anniversary celebration, this article discusses the past accomplishments and future challenges and opportunities of the commission, quoting ED Angela Glore and others from the community.

KPBS San Diego/ Feb. 11, 2019
California’s First Surgeon General Takes Aim at Toxic Stress
This article mentions First 5 San Joaquin as one of the partners our new state Surgeon General, Nadine Burke-Harris, will work with in addressing toxic stress and trauma in kids.

The Daily Democrat/ Feb 4, 2019
First 5 Launches New Tool to Aid Babies and Children
This article covers the debut of the Association and Children’s Data Network’s Strong Start Index, and quotes First 5 Yolo County ED Gina Daleiden discussing how her county can use it.

The Sacramento Bee/ Feb. 1, 2019
Black Children Were Dying at an Alarming Rate in Sacramento County. Here’s How That’s Changing.
Rates of death among black children are on the decline in Sacramento, thanks to the Black Child Legacy Campaign, partially funded by First 5 Sacramento.

CBS-13 Sacramento/ Jan. 29, 2019
Organizations Working to Reduce Rate of Child Deaths in African-American Community
First 5 Sacramento ED Julie Gallelo is interviewed in this piece about First 5 and partners’ work to reduce the high death rate of Africa-American children in the county.

Lake County News/ Jan. 27, 2019
First 5 Honors Final Lake County Children Champion of 2018
First 5 Lake presented the Champion for Children award to a local pediatrician who embeds early literacy support into her well-child visits.

The Napa Valley Register/ Jan. 25, 2019
Early Stress Can Harm Children
First 5 Napa County ED Joelle Gallagher penned this opinion piece about the importance of addressing stress in early childhood, and about how actions and statements by Governor Newsom point to greater prioritization of young children and families. Jan. 24, 2019
Every Milestone Matters, Even the Messy Moments
This video piece profiles the First 5 Fresno Parent-Child Interaction program.

The Union/ Jan. 20, 2009
Governor Newsom’s Budget Reflects Science of Early Childhood
First 5 Nevada County ED Lindsey Dunckel wrote an opinion piece reflecting on the early childhood investments in the governor’s proposed budget.

The Ukiah Daily Journal/ Jan. 20, 2019
January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month
Triple P Mendocino, a program of First 5 Mendocino, celebrates January as Positive Parenting Awareness month.

The Santa Maria Sun/ Jan. 16, 2019
Proposed 2 Billion in Early Child Care Funding Could Close County’s Readiness Gaps
Wendy Sims-Moten, First 5 Santa Barbara ED, praises the governor’s new budget proposal for its emphasis on early childhood funding.

The Chico Enterprise Record/ Jan. 10, 2019
What Does the Governor’s $144 Billion Proposed Budget Mean to You?
First 5 LA ED Kim Belshe is quoted in this piece, saying the proposal shows the governor understand what kids’ need to succeed in school and life.

The L.A. Times/Daily Pilot/ Jan. 9, 2019
A Simple, Urgent Message about Pot and Pregnancy
This commentary mentions First 5 Orange County’s campaign to ensure pregnant women are aware of the dangers of using marijuana.

The Los Angeles Times/ Jan. 2, 2019
Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom Will Propose Almost $2 Billion for Early Childhood Programs
First 5 LA ED Kim Belshe is quoted in this piece previewing Newsom’s budget proposal, which is expected to include sizable investments in early childhood , including child care, preschool, and home visiting.

ABC-7  (LA)/ Jan. 2, 2019
Incoming Gov. Newsom Looking to Spend More on Early Education
First 5 LA’s Kim Patillo-Brownson is interviewed in this piece about reports that the governor’s budget proposal includes nearly $2 billion for early childhood.

OC Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/ Dec. 27, 2018
California’s First 5 Programs Evolves as Smoking Declines and Tobacco Taxes Go Away
First 5s in the southern counties are innovating and taking a systems-change approach in the face of declining revenue.

Capitol Weekly/ Dec. 27, 2018
First 5: Helping Children Succeed
Rob Reiner authored this op-ed about the work First 5 has done for young children and families in the last two decades.

Lodi News-Sentinel/ Dec. 18, 2018
SJ County Gets Low Score in Community Health Ranking
First 5 San Joaquin ED Lani Schiff-Ross discusses how her commission’s programs address health and wellness for families.

WNYC’s The Takeaway and Capitol Public Radio/ Dec. 8, 2018
Sacramento Reduces Black Infant Deaths through Education
First 5 Sacramento’s report on the community’s success in reducing black infant deaths is discussed as part of this segment on the national NPR show, The Takeaway. Sacramento’s Capitol Public Radio also covered the report.

CalMatters/ Dec. 5, 2018
My Turn: We Must Build Strong Children
Kim Belshe, ED of First 5 LA, penned this commentary, stating that First 5s around the state are ready to support Gavin Newsom in his pledge to make early childhood development one of his signature issues.

The Press-Enterprise/ Nov. 23, 2018
Inland Nonprofits Celebrate Power of Music, A Million Kids Helped
First 5 San Bernardino’s 20th anniversary events in the community are featured in this local piece.

Education Dive/ Nov. 20, 2018
Filmmaker Rob Reiner Reflects on Role as Advocate for Young Children
This Q&A with Rob Reiner looks back on 20 years of First 5– the success, the changes, and the work that still needs to be done.

Sierra Star/ Nov. 19 , 2018
Tooth Fairy Stops by Oakhurst Classrooms to Warn Children about Tooth Decay
An investment by First 5 Madera County helped facilitate a program to educate preschool kids about oral hygiene.

EdSource/ Nov. 14 , 2018
Trump’s Proposed Regulations Limiting Benefits for Children Could Hurt Many U.S.-Born Children
First 5 Alameda Senior Policy Administrator Page Tomblin is quoted in this article about the chilling effects of proposed public charge regulations on young children and their families.

The Ukiah Daily Journal/ Nov. 13, 2018
State of the Child: First 5 Mendocino Celebrates 20th Anniversary
First 5 Mendocino held an informative breakfast on the “State of the Child,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act.

Santa Monica Daily Press and Antelope Valley Press/ Oct. 31, 2018
Accommodations Available for Voters with Kids
First 5 LA placed articles in several community papers encouraging parents to vote by offering helpful tips (you’re allowed to bring your kids to the polls– and it sets a good example!).

Education Dive/ Oct. 30, 2018
One California County Epitomizes Positive Impact of Home Visiting Amid National Trend
First 5 Santa Cruz is featured in this article about home visiting, the fourth in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years”.

KCRA-3 Sacramento/ Oct. 24, 2018
‘It Would Take My Entire Salary’: Sacramento Faces Affordable Childcare Shortage
First 5 Sacramento ED Julie Galello is quoted in this article about the difficulty parents face in finding childcare they can afford, and about a community forum held that week on the topic.

Action News Now (Chico-Redding)/ Oct. 24, 2018
First 5 Shasta Gives Grants to Carr Fire Victims
First 5 Shasta made $30,000 available to Carr Fire victims through a wildfire recovery fund.

Education Dive/ Oct. 23, 2018
Early-Childhood Advocates See Cannabis Challenges Rise as Tobacco Sales Fall
The third in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years” discusses how First 5s are on the front line of educating the public about the effects of cannabis during pregnancy and in homes with young children.

The Eureka Times-Standard/ Oct. 24, 2108
First 5 Achievements Highlighted at Supervisors’ Meeting
First 5 Humboldt discussed its annual report a recent Board of Supers Meeting.

The Madera Tribune/ Oct. 20, 2018
First 5 Madera Celebrates 20 Years of Service
First 5 Madera hosted a large anniversary luncheon to celebrates its 20th anniversary; attendees included the Madera mayor, the public health director, and other state and local representatives and officials.

Education Dive/ Oct. 17, 2018
As Revenue Declines from One ‘Sin Tax,’ California Considers Tapping Another for Children’s Programs
This second in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years” discusses how First 5s are dealing with declines in their revenue tied to the state tobacco tax.

Noozhawk/ Oct. 17, 2018
First 5 Santa Barbara Urges Parents to Talk, Read, Sing to Children
First 5 and the Santa Barbara County Office of Ed kick off their 2018 Talk, Read, Sing campaign.

San Rafael Patch/ Oct. 10, 2018
Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Immigration Changes
First 5 Marin ED Amy Reisch discusses the effect of the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule on young children and their families.

Education Dive/ Oct. 9, 2018
What Did California’s Novel Approach to Funding Early Childhood Programs Achieve?
This first in a 4-part series about “First 5 at 20 Years” describes the evolution of First 5 from program funder to systems builder.

The LA Times Daily Pilot/ Oct. 2, 2018
Orange County Prospers When It’s Youngest Children are Prioritized
A new community indicators report showcases the need to prioritize young children in Orange County, writes First 5 ED Kim Goll in this commentary.

East County Today/ Oct. 1, 2018
First 5 Contra Costa Holds Groundbreaking for New Pittsburg Center
The $3.1 million center will meet the needs of kids and families in the county, and is close to public transportation.

Lake County News/ Sept. 30, 2018
Free Infant Sleep Seminar Now Offered Countywide
A free seminar on safe sleep practices for infants, co-sponsored by First 5 Lake County, is now offered at key locations that span the county.

CA Forward Reporting/ Sept. 28, 2018
How Bridging the Early Childhood Care Gap Helps Elevate California
This video accompanies an earlier article from CA Forward about its joint conference with First 5 Association to discuss how early childhood investment benefits California’s economy.

Marin Independent Journal/ Sept. 24, 2018
Marin Activists Fighting Hunger Fear Effect of Trump Initiative
First 5 Marin hosted a community meeting following news of proposed changes to the federal public charge rules, which hunger activists fear will harm families’ ability to access nutritious food. A partner later wrote a letter to the editor expressing appreciation for the forum.

Noozhawk/ Sept. 15, 2018
County to Promote Child Passenger Safety Week
Supervisors presented First 5 Santa Barbara County and the California Highway Patrol with a formal copy of a proclamation declaring Sept. 23-29 Child Passenger Safety Week.

Los Angeles Sentinel/ Sept. 14, 2018
Public Health Department, First 5 Announce ‘Cut the Sugar’ Campaign
First 5 Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Public Health Dept are kicking off a campaign to encourage residents to drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.

Marin Independent Journal/ Sept. 2, 2018
Marin’s High Wages Failing to Keep Pace with Costs
First 5 Marin Communications Manager Michelle Fadelli is quoted on the effect that low family wages have on children.

The Sacramento Bee/ Aug. 27, 2018
‘Pie in the Sky’ and a ‘Faux Plan’: Influencers Discuss Health Care and the Governor’s Race
As one of the Sacramento Bee‘s “California Influencers,” First 5 LA ED Kim Belshe discusses how the next governor, and the state, should approach health care.

The Mercury News/ Aug. 25, 2018
High Costs, Limited Space Present Preschool Burdens for Bay Area Families
First 5 Contra Costa ED Sean Casey is quoted in this article about the difficulty of finding preschool openings in Contra Costa and Solano Counties, since many families with young kids are moving there in search of more affordable housing.

The Davis Enterprise/ Aug. 24, 2018
Yolo Crisis Nursery: The Power of Partnership
First 5 Yolo’s Help Me Grow is mentioned as one of the key resources recommended for a client of Yolo Crisis Nursery.

The Atlantic/ Aug. 23, 2018
A Mother’s Zip Code Could Signal Whether Her Baby Will Be Born Too Early
This article mentions First 5 Fresno’s survey asking moms how they felt during their perinatal period; 44% said they don’t think their doctors demonstrated cultural sensitivity during care.

Sacramento News and Review/ Aug. 16, 2018
United for Momentum : Black Mothers United Program to Serve More Than 600 Expectant Mothers
First 5 Sacramento has awarded Her Health First/Black Mothers United a three-year, $1.27 million contract to support its mission of building health equity for women.

Marin Independent Journal/ Aug. 12, 2018
Marin Schools to Launch Kindergarten Readiness Tool
Marin County kindergarten teachers are volunteering to administer a new system, sponsored by First 5 Marin, that will standardize evaluation of kids’ readiness to enter school and establish a county baseline.

The Valley News/ Aug. 10, 2018
First 5 Program Reaches Families
In this opinion piece, Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) praises the work of First 5, using First 5 San Diego and Riverside as examples.

The Siskiyou Daily News/ Aug. 10, 2018
First 5 to Present Training on Child Abuse Prevention

Forbes/Aug. 2, 2018
We Need to Start Thinking of Failure in a Successful Way
First 5 LA’s Daniela Pineda discusses how important it is for organizations to examine failures if they want to make true progress.  Part of this process at First 5 LA involves listening carefully to community feedback–and acting on it.

Marin Independent Journal/ Aug. 1, 2018
Breastfeeding is About Health; Formula is About Profits
First 5 Marin ED Amy Reisch co-authored a piece for World Breastfeeding Week on all of the benefits of breastfeeding.

LAist/ July 25, 2018
Lots of LA Kids are Going to Preschool– But It Depends On Where You Live
First 5 LA VP Kim Pattillo-Brownson is quoted in this article about how, whether you attend preschool in LA and the state depends heavily on what part of town you live in.

The Madera Tribune/ July 14, 2018
First 5 Invests $250,000+ in Programming for Children
First 5 Madera is making a $250,000 investment this year in vision, dental, and education for young kids.

The Sierra Star/ July 10, 2018
First 5 Investment in Madera County to Benefit Oakhurst, North Fork

The Mercury News/ July 13, 2018
Don’t Let California’s Children Be Undercounted in 2020
Association ED Moira Kenney teamed up with Children Now and The Advancement Project to warn that CA kids run the risk of a census undercount in 2020, and thus will be shortchanged of federal funding for vital programs.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat/ July 7, 2018
Sonoma County Child Care Providers Struggle to Recover from Last Year’s Firestorm
A First 5 Sonoma commissioner is quoted in this article about how the fall wildfires affected the child care system in Sonoma County, and what First 5 and partners are doing to help.

The Stockton Record/ July 7, 2018
‘Windows and Mirrors’: Why Having Multicultural Children’s Books Matters
First 5 San Joaquin co-sponsored a workshop on building a diverse library for children.

The Santa Maria Times/ July 6, 2018
Sims-Moten Named Executive Director of First 5 Commission of Santa Barbara County

The Cloverdale Reveille/ July 3, 2018
Marching for Our Babies
This publisher’s column contends that the needs of young children in Sonoma County are still not being met, despite the work of First 5 and partners.

ABC News Riverside/ July 2, 2018
Riverside County Sounds Alarm Due to Rise in Child Drownings
First 5 Riverside’s drowning prevention investments were highlighted in a TV news segment.

The Times Standard News/June 28, 2018
Humboldt County Invests $400K in Child Trauma Prevention
Using new trauma funding for county children as a hook, the article goes into detail about the work First 5 Humboldt does in the community, and the financial difficulties the commission faces due to declining tobacco revenues.

California Health Report/ June 26, 2018
Budget Boosts Funding for Programs Benefiting Low-Income Families
First 5 Association President Janice LeRoux praises the new state budget in this piece–and explains why we still need to do more for young kids and families in our state.

The East Bay Times/ June 24, 2018
Prioritize Early Childhood Education
This letter to the editor by First 5 Contra Costa County Commissioner Lee Ross, notes that a First 5 CoCo survey found less than half of the county’s kids entering kindergarten were fully ready for school, and urges more support for early childhood education.

Lake County News/ June 23, 2018
First 5 Honors Lake County Children’s Champions
First 5 Lake has announced its latest Children’s Champions honorees in the community.

Patch San Mateo/June 21, 2018
SMC Comes Together to Support Ravenswood Children
Several organizations, including First 5 San Mateo County, are working together to help families find summer child care due to the temporary closure of a child development center.

The Reporter/ May 26, 2018
Kaiser Permanente Awards $2M to Community Groups to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma
First 5 Solano received a $90,000 grant to address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and raise awareness to help eliminate the stigma of getting help.

The San Francisco Chronicle/ May 23, 2018
Editorial: Chronicle Recommends Yes on Alameda County Measure A
The editorial board recommends voters support the measure to increase the county’s sales tax by a half cent for the next 30 years, in order to support increased access to childcare for low-income families, and better pay and training for providers. First 5’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment results are mentioned in the article.

Pensacola (FL) News Journal/ May 20, 2018
Development Delays Impact Children, Families, Communities
This article about an upcoming speaking engagement by Help Me Grow National Founding Director Paul Dworkin mentions Help Me Grow California as one of the flourishing HMGs in the country.

East Bay Times/ May 19, 2018
Raising Sales Tax on Alameda County Ballot in June
If voters approve raising the tax, the funds would be administered by First 5 Alameda County or a similar organization, according to county officials.

The Trinity Journal/ May 16, 2018
First 5 2oth Anniversary Celebrated at State Capitol
First 5 Trinity County celebrated the 20th anniversary of the statewide First 5 network with a Family Fun Day and awards presentation on May 2 at the capitol steps.

Salinas Californian/ May 16, 2018
Local Leaders Outline ‘Bright Beginnings’ Plan for Monterey County Children
Article discusses Bright Beginnings, a new early childhood development initiative by the Monterey County Children’s Council, with support from several partners including First 5.

Stockton Record/ May 14, 2018
First 5 Program Highlights Pot’s Impact on Babies
First 5 San Joaquin has launched a public awareness campaign for pregnant and new mothers about the effects of cannabis on babies.

Ventura County Star/ May 9, 2018
Helping Our Children, One Word at a Time
Newspaper editorial supporting Take 5 and Read to Kids campaign, which is co-sponsored by First 5 Ventura County.

Ventura County Star/ May 4, 2018
Ventura County Celebrities Participate in Annual ‘Take 5 and Read to Kids’ Campaign
Take 5 and Read to Kids is a partnership between First 5 Ventura County and The Star to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy.

CBS-13 (Sacramento)/ May 3, 2018
First 5 Celebrates 20 Years
The local CBS affiliate in Sacramento ran a segment on the First 5 20th Anniversary and Family Fun Day on the Capitol lawn.

The Mercury News and East Bay Times/ May 2, 2018
Opinion: Majority of Alameda County Kindergartners Unprepared
First 5 Alameda County ED Kristin Spanos authored this oped that reports and reflects on the latest Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, which found that 56% of incoming kindergartners arrive in the classroom without some basic academic and social skills.

Lake County News/ May 1, 2018
Aguiar-Curry to Receive Award at First 5 Anniversary Event May 2nd
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Currry, who represents Lake County, received a Champion for Children award at First 5’s 20th Anniversary event in Sacramento.

InlandEmpire.Us/ April 30, 2018
First 5 San Bernardino to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
First 5 San Bernardino celebrated the 20th anniversary of the statewide First 5 network with a Family Fun Day and awards presentation on May 2nd at the capitol steps.

Santa Barbara Edhat/ April 29, 2018
First 5 Santa Barbara to Celebrate 20th Anniversary at State Capitol
First 5 staff head to Sacramento to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of Prop 10, which created First 5s around the state.

Eureka Times-Standard/ April 27, 2018
McGuire, First 5 Humboldt Talk ‘ACES’ at Town Hall
State Senator Mike McGuire and First 5 Humboldt led a second town hall on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and what the community is doing to address them.

KALW, Your Call with Rose Aguilar/ April 25, 2018
How Childcare Deserts Impact Working Families
First 5 Alameda’s Malia Ramler, Senior Administrator, Programs, joined Bay Area experts to discuss how a shortage of affordable child care affects working families.

The Reporter/ April 18, 2018
Solano County Annual Grants Program Available to Support Young Children, Families
First 5 Solano has launched an annual grants program with up to $20,000 per grant available for one-time projects to address the needs of children ages 0-5, their parents/caregivers, and/or providers of services to children ages 0-5 in Solano County.

Lake County News/ April 16, 2018
First 5 Honors Lake County Champions for Children
Each quarter in 2018, the First 5 Lake Commission will recognize Children’s Champions in its community.

EdSource/ April 12, 2018
Campaign Underway to Elect a Children’s Governor
EdSource explains SVCF’s Choose Children campaign to elect a governor who prioritizes children’s issues, and mentions the involvement of several First 5s (LA, Santa Clara, Alameda) in the campaign.

EdSource/ April 4, 2018
Facing Unprepared Kindergartners, a Rural School District Restores Preschool for All 
This article about universal preschool in Tulare County’s Lindsay Unified School District mentions First 5’s role providing preschool for several districts in the county.

Daily Republic (Solano County)/ April 4, 2018
Grant Will Provide Pre-Kindergarten Children with Summer Reading
First 5 Solano and the Solano County Office of Education received a $10,000 Reading is Fundamental matching grant for a summer reading program for pre-K kids with no prior exposure to preschool, or who are considered high risk.

Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record/ April 3, 2018
Advocates ‘Plant’ Pinwheels at Lompoc City Hall to Raise Awareness of Local Child Abuse.
The effort to promote Child Abuse Awareness Month is supported through a grant from First 5 Santa Barbara.

Register-Pajaronian (Watsonville)/ April 5, 2018
Local Organizations Reveal Health Rankings for County
First 5 Santa Cruz ED Vicki Boriak spoke at a community panel about the importance of quality prenatal care and the county’s issues with low birth weights and teenage pregnancy.

The Sheet/ March 30, 2018
Parenting from Jail
First 5 Inyo County ED Serena Johnson is quoted several times in this article about a Triple P program in her county for incarcerated parents.

Paso Robles Press/ March 29, 2018
Tolosa Children’s Dental Center Marks 15 Years in Operation
The low-cost dental office featured in this story is partly funded by First 5 SLO County.

Pt. Reyes Light/ March 15, 2018
Report Finds More than a Third of Marin Families Can’t Make Ends Meet
The article cites data compiled by First 5 Marin that a family of four with an infant and preschooler needs an income of $102,223 to afford the basics of family life.

Chico News and Review/ March 8, 2018
For the Kids
This article about a local health center mentions it has participated since in the national program Reach Out and Read, whereby, with the help of First 5 Butte County, it has given more than 6,000 books during check ups to children aged 6 months to five-years-old.

Marin Independent Journal/ Feb. 26, 3018
Marin Forum Tackles Concerns about Kids and Tech
First 5 Marin sponsored a community discussion about best practices when it comes to technology and kids.

The Bakersfield Californian/ Feb. 16, 2018
First 5 Thanks Them
First 5 Kern County ED Roland Meier thanks U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Tim Valadao for voting to pass a 2018 budget that includes several provisions that will help working families and young children.

Education Dive/ February 8, 2018
Marijuana Sales Creating New Revenue for Schools, Children’s Programs
First 5 Association ED Moira Kenney is quoted in this article examining potential uses for marijuana tax revenue from Prop. 64.

EdSource/ January 25, 2018
Early Head Start Partners with Local Child Care Providers to Serve More Infants, Toddlers in Los Angeles County
First 5 LA’s Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Kim Pattillo Brownson, is quoted in this piece on the need for California to prioritize infant and toddler funding in its state budget.

Santa Cruz Sentinel/ January 18, 2018
David Brody: January is Positive Parenting Month
Santa Cruz County ED David Brody discusses Triple P in this column.

EdSource/ January 18, 2018
California Lags Behind Most States in Providing Timely Services to Infants and Toddlers
Deborah Turner, program administrator for First 5 Alameda’s Help Me Grow, is quoted about the state’s need for timely early development screening and appropriate intervention.

Sacramento Bee/ January 15, 2018
Worried Parents: What’s Wrong with My Child?
California lags behind most states in timely developmental screenings for young children. This article explores the problem and features Help Me Grow as a potential solution.

EdSource/ January 11, 2018
Brown’s Proposed Budget Draws Praise, Disappointment from Early Childhood Advocates
First 5 Association ED Moira Kenney is quoted in this piece about Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal, and how it addresses early childhood issues.

Ventura County Star/ January 1, 2018
Special Friendships Thrive Through This Program in Moorpark
A program co-sponsored by First 5 Ventura pairs young children with autism with teenagers for a friendship club.

San Bernardino Sun/ December 29, 1017
How this Inland Empire Group is Helping Strengthen Local Nonprofits
Sponsored by First 5 San Bernardino County, the Inland Empire Community Collaborative offers local organizations a year of technical assistance and coaching on how to strengthen internal practices, better meet the needs of clients, and strategize for the future.

Lake County News/ December 27, 2017
A New Year’s Resolution That Will Impact the Future of Lake County
This oped by Carla Ritz, ED of First 5 Lake County, encourages readers to commit to improving lives for kids in 2018, and  mentions the First 5 network as a source of support in realizing this vision.

The Chronicle of Social Change/ December 22, 2017
In Uncertain Times, Stay True to Your Mission
This oped by First 5 LA’s ED Kim Belshé encourages organizations concerned about immigration uncertainty–and its effects on families– to stay true to their mission.

ABC-10 Sacramento and The Sacramento Bee/ November 17, 2017
Black Child Legacy Campaign Saving Babies’ Lives
Sacramento County Sees Big Drop in Percentage of Infants Dying in Their Sleep
The campaign, profiled in this local TV news piece and by The Sacramento Bee, is reducing the number of African-American infant deaths in Sacramento County. It is partially funded by First 5 Sacramento.

The Washington Post/ November 14, 2017
An Infrastructure Bill is Coming. Please, Republicans, Get this Right
In this op-ed, former First 5 Orange County Commissioner Hugh Hewitt argues that Congress should look to the First 5 model in crafting an infrastructure bill that allows for some local control of spending.

California Health Report/ November 13, 2017
Specialized Preschools Help Toddlers Counter the Trauma of Homelessness
This report on preschools for homeless children mentions programs run by several First 5 county commissions.

Santa Cruz Sentinel/ November 4, 2017
Thrive by Three: Helping Our Youngest Residents 
Two county supervisors penned an oped about First 5 Santa Cruz’s Thrive by Three campaign to achieve breakthrough outcomes for local babies and toddlers facing adversity.

Voice of San Diego/ November 2, 2017
The Learning Curve: A Tool to Combat the Informational ‘Dead Zone’ of Parenting 
First 5 San Diego is funding a new website to to help parents navigate the network of preschool programs in San Diego County.

SF Gate/ October 31, 2017
Senate Bill 63 Passes, Guarantees Small Business Workers Unpaid Leave 
First 5 Alameda County Early Childhood Project Coordinator Page Tomblin is quoted saying how important it is to parents’ mental health to have time to bond with their baby.

Orange County Register/ October 29, 2017
An $11 Million Grant Gives Kids Something to Smile About
The vice-chair of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County penned this article on the commission’s receipt of a grant to bring teledentistry to children.

The Mercury News/ October 27, 2017
New Backyard at Children’s Discovery Museum is a Small But Mighty Place
First 5 Santa Clara County contributed funds to help build an outdoor exhibit space and play area  at Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose.

Conejo Valley Lifestyle/ October 24, 2017
Fifth Annual Ventura County Farm Day: Celebrating the Lands and Hands that Feed Us
First 5 Ventura County is partnering with an agricultural nonprofit to offer a free story time and books for kids in attendance at the Farm Day Breakfast.

KCLU/ October 23, 2017
Campaign Launches in Santa Barbara County to Boost Brain Development, Language Skills for Young Kids
First 5 Santa Barbara County recently launched Talking is Teaching: Talk Read Sing as part of the statewide First 5  Talk Read Sing campaign.

The Monterey Herald and The Salinas Californian/ October 19, 2017
Legislation Boosts Child Care Funding in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties
California Governor Signs Bill to Expand Child Care in Central Coast
Fox 26 News (Fresno)/ October 18, 2017
Bill Allows Fresno County to Use $9.6M for Child Care Programs
First 5 commissions supported a suite of bills signed by Governor Brown that will allow more flexibility in using child care subsidies for low-income children. These articles discuss AB 300, which will benefit Central Coast counties, and AB 258, which benefits Fresno County.

Plumas County News/ October 17, 2017
Workshops Inspire FRC’s 2nd High Sierra Parent Conference
First 5 Plumas donated resources and support for the High Sierra Parent Conference, which focused on family strengthening.

The Acorn/ October 12, 2017
Kids Face Digital Dangers, But Parents Can Help
Petra Puls, executive director of First 5 Ventura County, participated in a town hall about the effects of media on children’s development.

East Bay Times/ September 29, 2017
Concord Throwing a Parade and a Party for New Playgrounds
First 5 Contra Costa was part of a coalition that worked with Latino residents in Monument to do a needs assessment of seven community parks, which led to the  city council agreeing to fix up two of the parks. First 5 Contra Costa plans to offer free activities for children at one of the parks.

EdSource/ September 26, 2017
Addressing Early Childhood Trauma Requires Shift in Policy, More Training for Teachers
First 5 Humboldt is featured in this article about the need to train teachers in trauma-informed approaches and address trauma in state policy. Since 2011, First 5 Humboldt has led 84 trauma trainings with 3,546 participants.

Sonoma Index-Tribune/ September 25, 2017
First 5 Brings Reading Fun to El Verano
The First 5 Express paid a visit to the El Verano preschool for a reading event; TK and kindergarten students were invited to participate as well.

Bakersfield Californian/ September 20, 2017
Let’s Preserve Federal Funds for Kern County Families
First 5 Kern ED Roland Maier urges Congress to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, which has provided nearly $1 million in funding to Kern County in the last few years. September 18, 2017
Child Care Coordinating Council: First Early Quality Matters Program Session a Success
Thanks to First 5 California support, early childhood educators in Nevada County are being trained on strategies to improve kids’ math abilities before they enter kindergarten. First 5 Nevada County Lindsay Dunckel is quoted in the article. September 13, 2017
First 5 Riverside Set to Help Guide Future Investments
First 5 Riverside will host a series of “Community Conversations” in the county to discuss the needs of children and families, in order to inform the update of the agency’s strategic plan.

The Mercury News/ August 23, 2017
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Program Reunites Nonviolent Inmates with their Children
The sheriff’s office credits First 5 San Mateo County for providing research showing a child’s brain develops dramatically during the first five years of life, and that positive parental bonds are instrumental.

Noozhawk (Santa Barbara)/ August 23, 2017
Santa Maria Panel Drives Home Importance of Early Childhood Development in Preventing Youth Violence
First 5 Santa Barbara County co-hosted a public panel where guests discussed the importance of investing in children ages newborn to five, in order to prevent violence.

The Sacramento Bee/ July 11, 2017
Why Tying Counties’ Hands on Contracts Will Cost Taxpayers
This oped, by Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez and First 5 Association Executive Director Moira Kenney, spells out why AB 1250 would stifle counties’ abilities to provide cost-effective services to residents. June 20, 2017
Town Hall Lays Foundation for Strengthening Riverside County Resilience
First 5 Riverside Commissioner Chuck Washington participated in a town hall panel to discuss how to strengthen families and help children overcome the effects of traumatic events.

The Stockton Record/ June 16, 2017
Stockton Named All-America City for Fourth Time
First 5 San Joaquin ED Lani Schiff-Ross delivered a presentation about childhood literacy at the All-America City event, where Stockton was recognized as an All-America City by the National Civic League.

Ukiah Daily Journal/ June 6, 2017
Cannabis Tax Fund Proposal Concerned with Children’s Health
First 5 Mendocino is asking the county to set aside 20 percent of revenue generated by its cannabis business tax for children’s health.

The Fresno Bee/ May 31, 2017
They’re Fresno’s Family-Friendly Businesses. Does your Boss Offer Flexible Working Hours?
First 5 Fresno County honored five businesses with work environments that accommodate working parents.

Los Angeles Times/ April 23, 2017
How ‘Schools Not Prisons’ Became a Favorite Rallying Cry for Criminal Justice Reformers
In this article about a proposed state bill to fund early childhood education by imposing a tax on companies that do business with California’s prison system, First 5 Association ED Moira Kenney says finding new revenue for early childhood programming is “music to our ears”.

San Francisco Chronicle/ April 19, 2017
The Fear that Immigrants’ Children Carry with Them
First 5 Contra Costa County organized an event with more than 150 children’s service providers to discuss how best to serve children who are fearful about ongoing changes and uncertainty around immigration policies and practices.

 Napa Valley News/ April 17, 2017
Napa Nonprofits First 5 and Cope Change Leaders
Joelle Gallagher is the incoming executive director of First 5 Napa County, and comes to the organization after 16 years at Cope Family Center, most recently as executive director.