2017 News Archive

Below is a selection of the 2017 media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.

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.