Recent media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.
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.
Yubanet.com/ 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.
Inlandempire.us/ 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.
Inlandempire.us/ 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.