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

KVCR Inland Empire/ May 20, 2020
Karen Scott and Tammi Graham Discuss Services for Children through First 5 California
First 5 Executive Directors, Karen Scott (San Bernardino) and Tammi Graham (Riverside) discuss how their work helps connect families to crucial programs across the region.

The Orange County Register/ May 20, 2020
Power of ‘parentese’: Speaking it can make your child a faster learner
“In fact, the latest research on First 5 California’s Talk. Read. Sing.® program shows that 88 percent of parents are reading to their young children three times or more per week and 91 percent are singing three or more times per week.”

The Madera Tribune/ May 20, 2020
First 5 donates to families
“First 5 Madera, with the support of the City of Madera Parks and Recreation Department, recently distributed 280 activity backpacks to Madera families with 0-2 year-olds at a drive-thru event at John Wells Youth Center.”

Education Dive/ May 19, 2020
Youngest learners prepare to start school — without the school
“‘When children have never been part of an early learning environment, life in a classroom comes as a shock,’ said Lindsay Dunckel, the school readiness program planner for First 5 Sacramento in California, which works with school districts in the county to run summer transition camps.”

Santa Barbara Independent/ May 16, 2020
Childcare Providers to Receive Emergency Supplies
“On Saturday, local organizations are distributing emergency supplies — including masks, disinfectant and books — to childcare sites caring for vulnerable populations and children of essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The supplies come from First 5 Santa Barbara County, a child-advocacy organization funded by tobacco product taxes.”

KCOY|KEYT|KKFX Santa Maria/ May 16, 2020
First 5 of Santa Barbara County provides books and supplies to children of essential workers
“First 5 of Santa Barbara County teamed up with Children’s Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara and the Child Care Planning Council to give books and more away on Saturday.”

Santa Maria Times/ May 14, 2020
First 5 distributing supplies to county’s child care providers
“The supplies delivery is part of a First 5 statewide effort launched in mid-April when the First 5 California Commission approved up to $4 million in emergency funding to provide 60 days of supplies to child care providers serving essential workers and resource centers that support vulnerable populations.”
This story also appears in the Santa Ynez Valley News

Noozhawk/ May 13, 2020
First 5 Santa Barbara Secures Supplies For Essential Workers’ Child Carers
“First 5 Santa Barbara has received its first shipment of mission-critical supplies for childcare providers caring for the children of essential workers and vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Hechinger Report/ May 13, 2020
Without more federal funds, half of all child care centers could close forever
“In Alameda County, California, the nonprofit First Five Alameda has provided masks, thermometers, books and educational materials to centers that are open and providing services for the children of essential workers.”

Edhat/ May 13, 2020
Emergency Supplies Distributed To Child Care Providers
“First 5 Santa Barbara received its first shipment of mission-critical supplies for childcare providers caring for the children of essential workers and vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Daily Californian/ May 8, 2020
Young children are hardest to count but have most at stake in 2020 census
“First 5 Association of California is proud to be one of more than 120 partners California has convened to achieve a complete and accurate count, the largest mobilization of partners in state history. Through our All Kids Count campaign, we’re bringing together California’s largest networks working with children ages 0 to 5, including our Early Start program and Women, Infants and Children Program, to conduct outreach and education to families with young children.”

Times of San Diego/ May 6, 2020
$900,000 to Help San Diego Essential Workers Pay for Child Care
“First 5 San Diego has donated $500,000 to the San Diego COVID-19 Children’s Fund to help parents with young children who are working in essential jobs pay for childcare, officials announced Wednesday.”

Lake County News/ May 4, 2020
Local child care facilities work hard to provide care
“Carla Ritz, executive director of First 5 Lake, explains, ‘When COVID-19 social distancing precautions were ordered, 30 out of 31 child care centers in the county closed their doors along with 21 out of 70 licensed family child care homes.'”

ABC 10 News San Diego/ May 1, 2020
Child Care Resources in San Diego
“ABC 10News recently talked with Alethea Arguilez, Executive Director, First 5 San Diego and Kim McDougal, Executive Director, Child Care Resources, YMCA San Diego County about the current needs and challenges of providing for our families and their children.”

Vallejo Times-Herald/ April 30, 2020
Coronavirus: First 5 Solano offering childcare for essential employees in Vallejo
“Thanks in large part to First 5 Solano and the Solano County Office of Emergency Services, the Solano County Emergency PopUp Childcare Program is now available in Vallejo.”

Napa Valley Register/ April 30, 2020
Napa agency launches emergency child care program for essential workers
“There is more help on its way: First 5 Napa County is providing supplies that should become available for pick-up in the coming weeks.”

San Jose Spotlight/ April 30, 2020
FIRST 5 offers scarce baby supplies in South Bay amid pandemic
“Now (First 5) has undertaken an additional mission: help those families get the ‘basics’ while some supplies run low at local stores and transportation options remain limited due to the region’s restrictive shelter in place order.”

Los Angeles Times/ April 28, 2020
Commentary: Let’s make sure every child in Orange County is counted in the 2020 census
“First 5 Assn. of California is proud to be one of more than 120 partners California has convened to achieve a complete and accurate count, the largest mobilization of partners in state history.”
This op-ed was written by Kim Goll, Executive Director of First 5 Orange County 

SF Gate/ April 26, 2020
Child Care Program Opens For Healthcare Workers, First Responders And Essential Employees
“The Solano County Emergency PopUp Childcare Program is now open to healthcare workers, first responders, disaster service workers and essential employees working in Vallejo. The program is coordinated by First 5 Solano on behalf of the Solano County Office of Emergency Services.”

EdSource/ April 23, 2020
How California’s stay-at-home order disrupts services for young children
“‘Given the concern of increased stress levels and being within a home that might not be as stable and safe as would be ideal, the more we can get support to people to prevent harm to children, the better off we’ll be,’ said Gina Daleiden, executive director of First 5 Yolo County, a county commission that operates several home visiting programs in the county.”
This story also appears in CBS SF Bay Area

Village Life/ April 21, 2020
Childcare needed for essential workers
“(The Care Corps) is made possible through strong partnerships with Choices for Children, First 5 El Dorado, Head Start and State Preschools, Boys & Girls Club and EDCOE Charter Extended Day.”

East Bay Times/ April 17, 2020
Coronavirus: First 5 Alameda County awards $3 million grant to community organizations
“With families out of work facing critical shortages of food and supplies for children, First 5 Alameda County announced a $3 million dollar grant to help distribute food, diapers, wipes, and cleaning supplies to local parents and caregivers in need.”
This story also appears in The Mercury News 

Business Wire/ April 17, 2020
First 5 California Commission Provides $4 Million in Emergency Funding for Child Care Providers, Community
“The Commission (First 5 California), acting on the urgent nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, approved up to $4 million to support the acquisition and distribution of county-identified essential supplies for babies and young children, in addition to much-needed sanitation items.”

EdSource/ April 15, 2020
Counting all California kids for census a new challenge under stay-at-home order
“Now, many First 5 commissions are taking census tote bags and children’s books to food banks and school food distribution sites to give out there instead. Some counties are also making banners that grocery stores and convenience stores can put up outside to show they’re still open and promote the census at the same time.”

Monterey Herald/ April 14, 2020
Coronavirus emergency creates child care issues in Monterey County
“United Way Monterey County President and CEO Katy Castagna said her organization has been working with officials from First 5 Monterey County, the Monterey County Office of Education and the Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Development Initiative to deal with child care problems created by the novel coronavirus outbreak and the shelter-in-place order.”

Valley Public Radio/ April 14, 2020
Parents Need Help With An Expensive Commodity: Diapers
“‘Calls are nonstop to agencies,’ she said, including her own, First 5 Fresno County and the Fresno EOC. “They’re just nonstop. Diapers. Diapers, formula, water, beans and rice.'”

Comstock’s Magazine/ April 13, 2020
Child Care Crisis
“The Great Recession cut a path of destruction through the region’s child care market. Licensed centers went under, home-based providers lost their houses and providers moved away, says Child Action administrative analyst Kelli Newman. Between 2010 and 2014, Sacramento County lost about 6,000 licensed child care slots for children up to age 5, according to data from the First 5 Sacramento Commission, a county-appointed funding agency.”

The Times-Standard/ April 12, 2020
Eureka celebrates ‘Week of the Young Child’
“The city of Eureka is honoring Week of the Young Child through Friday as a way to recognize the role that children, families and those who care for them play in the community. The city, in partnership with Changing Tides Family Resources, Eureka City Schools, First 5 Humboldt, Humboldt County Office of Education… are encouraging all of the community to participate in shelter-in-place activities to celebrate throughout the week.”

Lake County Record-Bee/ April 8, 2020
Essential workers now eligible for subsidized child care in California
“Both the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Santa Barbara County Education Office are helping to coordinate child care for the children of health care workers, by pairing up hospitals with child care centers and other programs at city parks and recreation programs, school districts and other agencies like the YMCA and First 5.”

Sonoma Index-Tribune/ April 6, 2020
Child care available for Sonoma’s essential workers
“‘The COVID-19 crisis, as did previous disasters, shines a bright light on how absolutely critical child care is to the basic infrastructure of our community,’ said Angie Dillon-Shore, executive director of First 5 Sonoma County…”

San Francisco Chronicle/ April 5, 2020
A working parent’s shelter-in-place quandary: Keep paying for childcare you can’t use?
“‘Will a lot of them come back? Well, we don’t know,’ said Michele Rutherford, project director of early care and education for First 5 Alameda County, a public agency that funds child care and preschool programs.”

Los Angeles Sentinel/ April 2, 2020
California Announces Partnerships, Strategies to Count Youngest Children in 2020 Census
“Through their All Kids Count campaign, First 5 Association of California is using the campaign to complement its outreach to young children and their families and has forged a partnership that brings together California’s largest networks working with children aged zero to five in California.”

Yahoo Finance/ March 30, 2020
California Surgeon General Burke Harris Partners with First 5 California to Raise Awareness of Talk. Read. Sing.®
“California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, is partnering with First 5 California to help promote its landmark Talk. Read. Sing.® campaign in a new television and radio campaign.”

Santa Rosa Press Democrat/ March 30, 2020
Sonoma County expands emergency child care program to support health care workers treating coronavirus patients
“Angie Dillon-Shore is the executive director of First 5 Sonoma County, which is helping distribute the $100,000 in state tobacco tax money. She said the program, which is offering child care workers a hazard pay premium, could be a much-needed boost for the local child care industry.”

Los Angeles Times/ March 26, 2020
Child-care providers need supplies, coronavirus guidance as day-care system suffers
“The early childhood education systems ‘are quite complex, so we are … [working] to make it easier for families to navigate,’ said Kim Pattillo Brownson, vice president of policy and strategy at First 5 LA, a leading child advocacy organization.”

Lake County Record-Bee/ March 25, 2020
Kid Reporter Lilly Wiser holds a press conference on Covid 19
“The organization First 5 Lake County recently organized a “Kids press conference” on COVID-19, sheltering in place and school closures that took place at the Board of Supervisors’ chambers in Lakeport.”

Appeal-Democrat/ March 20, 2020
First 5 opening call center
“First 5 Yuba and Sutter County Children and Families Commission is hosting a call-in center for families after new guidelines announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom and health officials.”

Lost Coast Output/ March 19, 2020
DNUSD, First 5, Child Care Council Keep Youngest Del Norters Learning, Fed During COVID-19 Emergency
“First 5 Del Norte Director Angela Glore said her organization has been giving away resource packets for parents of 0-5-year-olds at the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods.”

Santa Maria Sun/ March 19, 2020
School districts and Foodbank provide services amid COVID-19 closures
“Another concern facing students and their families is finding child care during normal school hours. First 5 Santa Barbara County Executive Director Wendy Sims-Moten said the county doesn’t necessarily need more child care capacity, but rather should look to creative solutions to use the capacity that already exists.”

Plumas News/ March 18, 2020
New resource for children with special needs
“First 5 Plumas County Children and Families Commission announced the purchase of two pediatric LiteGates for young children who receive mobility/physical therapy services.”

Multiple Publications/ March 13, 2020
Experts: CA Risks Major Census Undercount of Children 0-5
“In the 2010 census, it’s estimated that California missed counting one million children. Jessica Berthold, communications director with the First Five Association of California, says the state could lose out on a huge amount of federal money if families ignore their census forms.”
This story appears in KNZR-AMKKBB-FM, KMUE-FM, KMUD-FM, KLAI-FM, KLLY-FM, East County Magazine, and others.

Los Angeles Sentinel/ March 12, 2020
Southern California Edison is counting on its customers to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census
“’We’re all in this together,’ said Jessica Berthold, communications director for First 5 Association of California, a nonprofit child advocacy organization. ‘The Census is so important for making sure young children and families thrive in our state, which is what First 5 is all about.'”

East Bay Times/ March 6, 2020
East Bay parks to be renovated after receiving large grants
“In both cities, parent advocacy groups — from First 5 Contra Costa, Healthy & Active Before 5 —  served as community partners for the projects, holding community workshops to create a vision and design for the parks.”

KCBS Radio/ March 4, 2020
California Voters Turn Down Measure To Fund Schools
“One of the few local tax measures to claim victory is Measure C in Alameda County, with a 61% voter approval to raise the sales tax by a half percent to pay for childcare and early education. Kristen Spanos, CEO of First 5 Alameda, told KCBS Radio that she’s pleased with the community’s investment in kids as a priority.”

The East Bay Times/ March 4, 2020
Half-cent sales tax for early child care in Alameda County gets voters’ nod
“First 5 estimates the additional tax also will create 4,000 to 5,000 new subsidized spots in the first year or two and could help about 21,000 children by funding improvements to early child care programs.”

The Bakersfield Californian/ March 1, 2020
Is this normal? New tool helps parents assess child’s development, identify delays
“It’s called Help Me Grow and consists of a set of two questionnaires that parents complete online or by phone. First 5 Kern recently launched the program with the goal of increasing the rate of early childhood screening, which in Kern County is currently about 15 percent to 20 percent.”

San Jose Spotlight/ February 27, 2020
San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas has dedicated her life to public service
“An advocate for families and children, District 8 San Jose Councilmember Sylvia Arenas said she is not a politician — she’s a public servant… That role started the day she launched her start in childhood development and education, working for agencies such as FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, a statewide program that brings critical services to young children, and Gardner Health Services, a health center that provides services to low-income families.”

EdSource/ February 20, 2020
Voters in some California communities will be called on to pay for more child care
“‘We know there is a huge gap between the need and the actual slots available currently. It would really be helpful to close the gap,’ said Erika Kuempel, a spokeswoman for First 5 Alameda County, a county commission dedicated to helping families with children under 6 years old. The commission would administer the money if the measure passes.”

Sacramento Bee/ February 12, 2020
Our campaign is reducing black child deaths in Sacramento. Here’s how you can help
“About a year ago, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors received a report explaining the campaign’s success in reducing deaths in Sacramento County, where African American children have died at twice, and sometimes closer to three times the rate, of other kids. What we learned unequivocally confirmed that, years earlier, county supervisors, the First 5 Sacramento Commission and City Council all made the right investments.”

Sierra Sun/ February 11, 2020
Early Quality Matters in Nevada County
“Quality Counts California is funded by First 5 California and the CA Dept of Education. 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.”

KSBY 6 News/ February 10, 2020
Price of Paradise: Families faced with high cost and lack of child care on the Central Coast
“As employees with the Child Care Planning Council and First 5, Bowlay and Wendt are looking at child care issues in the county to find out what’s working and what’s not.”

The North Bay Business Journal/ February 5, 2020
Keysight Technologies plans to build on-site child care for workers, public
“The chamber conducted research for almost two years, funded by the First 5 Commission of Sonoma County, involving interviews with companies across the country that have on-site child care, collecting provider information and assessing a range of models and processes as well as the return on investment in child care.”

The Delano Record/ February 3, 2020
DUSD preschool is honored by Kern Early Stars
“The celebration, co-sponsored with Kern Early Stars by First 5 Kern and the Early Childhood Council of Kern, feted the accomplishments of preschool and child care providers including state preschool programs, family child care homes and private preschool and day care centers, during the first year of their journeys during the 2018-2019 year to provide children and families with enhanced care and education.”

California Health Report/ January 31, 2020
Opinion: To Close California’s Achievement Gap, We Must Teach All Parents About Early Brain Development
“Getting this information into the hands of parents is why First 5 California launched its “Talk. Read. Sing.” campaign—to close the awareness gap among parents.”

TP Online Daily/ January 24, 2020
January 2020 named Positive Parenting Awareness Month
“First 5 Santa Cruz County, which manages the Triple P — Positive Parenting Program, announced that ACR 140 (Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley) passed unanimously out of the State Assembly declaring January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month.”

The Press Democrat/ January 24, 2020
Santa Rosa’s Child Parent Institute helps new mothers, children through traumatic struggles
“The perinatal mood disorder program is home-based, so clients typically receive services from providers for an hour a week in their own homes. It’s funded by First 5 Sonoma County and two therapists in the program also accepts MediCal recipients.”

Record Gazette/ January 23, 2020
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Named to Riverside County Children and Families Commission
“Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Judy D. White was sworn in as a commissioner for First 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, during a Commission meeting on Jan. 22.”

Benito Link/ January 23, 2020
Family Impact Center brings help to troubled families
“Family dinner is just one of the programs offered by First 5 San Benito’s new Family Impact Center, which opened on Jan. 14. Lisa Faulkner, executive director of First 5, said the goal is to create a one-stop resource for families in need.”

Asian Journal/ January 22, 2020
CA Asian Americans celebrate statewide Paid Family Leave extension
“In other words, PFL is something that employed AAPI’s already pay for through the California State Disability Insurance (CASDI) tax that can be found on payroll documents. First 5 California, an organization dedicated to educating guardians about caring for a child in its critical first five years of life, said in a statement that the AAPI community should take advantage of “this benefit they’ve already paid for.'”

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.