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

San Jose Spotlight/ November 29, 2019
Jolene Smith’s passion for children shines at First 5 Santa Clara County
“In the 1990s [Jolene Smith] worked with former Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado to develop the plan that would later shape the county’s First 5 program, which provides services for young children, most of them from low-income or vulnerable families.”

The Siskiyou Daily News/ November 28, 2019
12th annual Read Across Siskiyou event included 59 guest readers
“First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission’s goal is to harness a momentum of awareness on the importance of daily reading and how early literacy is essential for healthy social- emotional child development, and school and life success.”

San Diego Union Tribune/ November 26, 2019
San Diego program tackles maternal depression, shows promise
“The program, funded by the early childhood organization First 5 San Diego, provides free screenings for mothers as well as therapy and other supports for women found to have maternal depression.”

Merced County Times/ November 20, 2019
Merced County’s first kids’ museum set to open next spring
“First 5 Merced County has already donated $100,000 to create the Little Explorers Planet, an exhibit focused on children aged 0-5.”

The Fresno Bee/ November 20, 2019
Fresno project offers pregnant mothers of color hope to avoid preterm births
“EMBRACE (Engaging Mothers & Babies; Reimagining Antenatal Care for Everyone) is a $5.6 million study, over the next four years, that will sample 2,600 local women and, ultimately, influence state and national policy on how medical providers re-imagine prenatal care. First 5 Fresno County is an EMBRACE partner, investing $1.6 million over the next four years in the Glow! group prenatal care program.”

The Eureka Times-Standard/ November 20, 2019
State surgeon general to visit Eureka to talk about childhood trauma
“The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has been allocating $400,000 every year for the past three years to address childhood trauma, said Mary Ann Hansen, executive director of First 5 Humboldt. Half of that money is given out in the form of community grants to support programs that prevent adverse childhood experiences, promote resiliency and provide training in trauma-informed care.”

Business Wire/ November 19, 2019
New Report Highlights Need for Expanded Paid Family Leave in California
“First 5 California hailed the release of new reports on paid family leave in California by the California Budget & Policy Center (Budget Center). “The Budget Center’s findings echo Governor Newsom’s vision and the Legislature’s commitment to support California’s children and families,” said Erin Gabel, Deputy Director at First 5 California.”

Digital Journal/ November 19, 2019
First 5 Leading The Way for Maternal Mental Health Care
“As many as 12% of all pregnant or postpartum women experience depression which led First 5 San Diego to fund the Maternal Depression Program, also known in the community as the Maternal Services Project, a pilot program of Healthy Development Services.”

San Jose Inside/ November 18, 2019
Santa Clara County Unveils First-Ever Children’s Budget
“First 5 Santa Clara County CEO Jolene Smith echoed Dewan’s point. ‘Children in Santa Clara County represent almost 25 percent of our population yet they represent 100 percent of our future,’ she said. ‘Through partnership and leveraging of local, state, federal, philanthropic, and private dollars, we can ensure our youngest residents can access the needed supports that will enable them to thrive. The Children’s Budget takes a giant collaborative step forward to creating long-lasting, generational impact in the lives of all children and families in our county.'”

Vallejo Times-Herald/ November 16, 2019
Art with Abuelo program shines in Vallejo
“Isabel Reyes said the foundation secured a grant from First 5 California which helped pay for Saturday’s supplies of paint, easels, and brushes.'”

Siskiyou Daily/ November 13, 2019
Hundreds of students will ‘Read Across Siskiyou’ today
“Today marks the 12th annual Read Across Siskiyou event – a day dedicated to championing the importance of daily reading and early literacy for healthy child development, and school and life success… Read Across Siskiyou is presented by the First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission and is held in remembrance of ‘longtime champion of children and First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Perlman.'”

The Union/ November 7, 2019
Early Quality Matters in Nevada County
“By signing the Budget Act of 2019, Governor Newsom builds on the work of First 5 CA by providing a historic level of funding of $5.3 billion for early childhood initiatives that will improve access to quality Early Learning for California’s young children and working families, as well as a focus on supporting parents to reduce child poverty and improving early childhood health and wellness.”

The Chronicle of Social Change/ November 6, 2019
L.A. County Hopes to Improve Home Visiting Options for Homeless Moms
“As a result, Los Angeles County supervisor Hilda Solis introduced a motion recently to have the departments of public health, mental health and children and family services, along with nonprofit public agency First 5 LA, to find ways to expand services to women who are sheltered or unsheltered and are experiencing homelessness.”

The Union/ November 3, 2019
Focus on ages 0-5 at Community Support Network meeting in Nevada City
“First 5 Nevada County is in the process of evaluating the needs of young children in Nevada County to inform its strategic plan, which will be updated in the spring.”

The New Times/ October 31, 2019
SLO County agencies team up on child care study
“Wendy Wendt, executive director of First 5 SLO County, told New Times that the countywide collaboration came out of a series of recent community discussions about the lack of affordable and accessible child care. ”

The Eureka Times-Standard/ October 20, 2019
For the Love of Parenting: ‘We are lucky here in Humboldt. Mom groups meet often’
“We are lucky here in Humboldt. Mom groups meet often. MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets second Tuesdays of the month at Faith Center, First 5 Humboldt had a few different playgroup locations, The Adorni center offers F.U.N. (Family, Unity and Nurturing), which is partnered with First 5 and they meet on Mondays and Wednesdays. ”

Gustine Press-Standard/ October 17, 2019
Expanded ‘trunk-or-treat’ event planned for Halloween
“A grant from First 5 Merced County, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young children and families through a variety of initiatives, will allow the Halloween carnival to add a ‘scare free zone’ in City Hall for toddlers and children up to 5 years of age.'”

Sacramento Bee/ October 16, 2019
Gavin Newsom said he’d be a champion for families. His first year in office shows it
Executive Director for First 5 LA Kim Belshé penned this op-ed, saying, “But in his first year in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom has clearly demonstrated he has made young children a top priority. His actions in the budget, legislation and executive appointments show he understands the imperative to create a lasting continuum of support for all children, from prenatal to kindergarten, so they have increased opportunity to succeed in life – and to do it now.”

Mad River Union/ October 16, 2019
First Five: Early childhood care is key to lifelong success
“One recent Friday morning, Wendy Rowan of First Five Humboldt made a presentation to the Arcata Sunrise Rotary. Her organization’s key message for us is, ‘For those with an interest in nurturing the next generation, investing in early childhood is the most strategic contribution that can be made.'”

EdSource/ October 15, 2019
Full-day kindergarten, STEM seal, Laotian history are among Gov. Newsom’s final vetoes
“‘I think the governor made it very clear through his veto messages on a number of early learning infrastructure bills that he wants to be very careful and very methodical about moving forward,’ Erin Gabel, deputy director of external and governmental affairs at First 5 California, which supported the bill, said on Monday. ‘We will not take this as a no forever, but a no for now, to make sure that our schools and our classrooms are ready for full day kindergarten.'”

Lake County News/ October 14, 2019
Smart Start Collective launches prenatal-to-5 resource Web site for Lake County
“‘There are so many wonderful programs and services in our community to help parents give their children the best possible start in life; this Web site is a single, user-friendly source for families to find what they are looking for and learn about local resources they might never have thought to seek out,’ said Carla Ritz, executive director of First 5 Lake County.”

The Modesto Bee/ October 13, 2019
Child Health Notebook: Cooler temps and cool activities for kids’ well-being
“Toddlers got to wiggle, read and learn with the First 5 California Express Truck at the Stanislaus County Library in downtown Modesto.”

The Madera Tribune/ October 12, 2019
First 5 grants to help child development
“The First 5 Madera County Commission on Oct. 4 approved $200,000 in investments to promote healthier lifestyles and optimal childhood development for children 0-5 years old in Madera County.”

Daily Republic/ October 9, 2019
Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop
“Reading at the Barbershop, based on a nationwide barbershop literacy project, engages with and promotes literacy in a male-centered space for boys ages newborn through 8… Funding for this program comes from California Library Services Act, California State Library Families for Literacy and First 5 Solano.”

KCET/ October 8, 2019
Early Childhood in Westlake and Silver Lake
“In 2012, First 5 LA and the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health partnered up to invest $17 million in training and facility upgrades for childcare providers that offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)… These investments from public partners, nonprofit organizations, and individual families show that communities in L.A. County care about improving conditions for their children.”

Colusa Sun Herald/ October 2, 2019
New business celebrates opening by giving back 
“During the opening ceremonies, the Duncan’s presented a $1,500 check to  First 5 Colusa Children and Families Commission which will be used to expand services and programs within the community of Williams.”

EdSource/ October 2, 2019
Identifying developmental delays is target of new California law 
“‘The earlier we identify developmental delays in California’s children, the sooner we can make sure they are referred and receive interventions,’ said Moira Kenney, executive director of First 5 Association of California, a nonprofit organization that works with counties to serve children under 5 years old.”

LAist/ September 30, 2019
When it comes to picking an LA preschool, focus on feelings and language
“‘Children learn through exploration and self-led curiosity most when being interacted with, instead of being spoken to,’ said Erin Gabel, Deputy Director at First 5 California. ‘The child opting in to blocks and playing with blocks, and being supported by a teacher who knows what a child at that age can and should be doing with blocks is an incredible learning experience.'”

Yahoo Finance/ September 17, 2019
First 5 California Welcomes Mayra E. Alvarez to State Commission
“Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Mayra E. Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership, to First 5 California, the state’s independent Commission for children and families. Ms. Alvarez brings over a decade of experience in health care policy and community outreach to her new role.”

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.


For stories from previous years, see the First 5 in the News Archive.