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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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