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

The Richmond Standard/ January 15, 2020
Dr. Ruth Fernández named executive director of First 5 Contra Costa
“First 5 Contra Costa has announced the hiring of Dr. Ruth Fernández as its executive director. Fernández previously served as Deputy Director at First 5 Contra Costa, the nonprofit that invests in programs and activities that benefit Contra Costa County children from prenatal through 5 years old —the most important time in children’s development.”

EdSource/ January 15, 2020
California Voices: Education leaders speak out on Gov. Newsom’s budget proposals
EdSource spoke to 40 education leaders about Governor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposals, including Deputy Director of External and Governmental Affairs at First 5 California Erin Gabel.

ABC30/ January 14, 2020
New California law benefits mothers with private rooms at workplaces
“‘If you work at a place with more than 50 employees, you have to have a dedicated room where moms that are breastfeeding or pumping can go. It has to be private. It is clear in the law that it cannot be in the bathroom. It has to be a private dedicated room with a place to sit, with a table, near a sink and near a refrigerator,’ said Fabiola Gonzalez, First 5 Fresno Deputy Director.”

EdSource/ January 10, 2020
California governor wants to expand preschool and create new early child development department
“‘I think it definitely signals a clear indication that the governor is really focused on the whole child, and to bring together all the various ways in which the government serves families in need,’ said Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president of policy and strategy for First 5 Los Angeles, a county commission focused on children from birth to 5 years old.”

Business Wire/ January 10, 2020
Paid Family Leave Expansion Needs Echoed by California Voters and Governor Newsom
“A new public opinion poll conducted by Change Research demonstrates that California voters strongly support the expansion of Paid Family Leave which was recently proposed by the Newsom Administration. The online poll, funded by First 5 California, is inclusive of 1,315 registered voters…”

Daily Republic/ January 8, 2020
Child Haven joins Solano officials recognizing Positive Parenting Month
“With funding through First 5 Solano, several local agencies have been trained and supported over the past year to provide the evidence-based and best practice “Triple P,” or Positive Parenting Program, to more than 1,000 local families and caregivers with children ages 5 and younger.”

LAist/ January 6, 2020
Early Childcare Providers Are Spending Their Own Money To Take Care Of LA’s Kids
“In addition to the 11 state and federal programs that directly fund services, the report prepared by Capito, an independent consultant, and First 5 LA identified more than 20 L.A. County programs with more than $76 million meant to support providers.”


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