2018 News Archive

Below is a selection of the 2018 media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.

Capitol Weekly/ Dec. 27, 2018
First 5: Helping Children Succeed
Rob Reiner authored this op-ed about the work First 5 has done for young children and families in the last two decades.

Lodi News-Sentinel/ Dec. 18, 2018
SJ County Gets Low Score in Community Health Ranking
First 5 San Joaquin ED Lani Schiff-Ross discusses how her commission’s programs address health and wellness for families.

WNYC’s The Takeaway and Capitol Public Radio/ Dec. 8, 2018
Sacramento Reduces Black Infant Deaths through Education
First 5 Sacramento’s report on the community’s success in reducing black infant deaths is discussed as part of this segment on the national NPR show, The Takeaway. Sacramento’s Capitol Public Radio also covered the report.

CalMatters/ Dec. 5, 2018
My Turn: We Must Build Strong Children
Kim Belshe, ED of First 5 LA, penned this commentary, stating that First 5s around the state are ready to support Gavin Newsom in his pledge to make early childhood development one of his signature issues.

The Press-Enterprise/ Nov. 23, 2018
Inland Nonprofits Celebrate Power of Music, A Million Kids Helped
First 5 San Bernardino’s 20th anniversary events in the community are featured in this local piece.

Education Dive/ Nov. 20, 2018
Filmmaker Rob Reiner Reflects on Role as Advocate for Young Children
This Q&A with Rob Reiner looks back on 20 years of First 5– the success, the changes, and the work that still needs to be done.

Sierra Star/ Nov. 19 , 2018
Tooth Fairy Stops by Oakhurst Classrooms to Warn Children about Tooth Decay
An investment by First 5 Madera County helped facilitate a program to educate preschool kids about oral hygiene.

EdSource/ Nov. 14 , 2018
Trump’s Proposed Regulations Limiting Benefits for Children Could Hurt Many U.S.-Born Children
First 5 Alameda Senior Policy Administrator Page Tomblin is quoted in this article about the chilling effects of proposed public charge regulations on young children and their families.

The Ukiah Daily Journal/ Nov. 13, 2018
State of the Child: First 5 Mendocino Celebrates 20th Anniversary
First 5 Mendocino held an informative breakfast on the “State of the Child,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passage of Proposition 10, the California Children and Families Act.

Santa Monica Daily Press and Antelope Valley Press/ Oct. 31, 2018
Accommodations Available for Voters with Kids
First 5 LA placed articles in several community papers encouraging parents to vote by offering helpful tips (you’re allowed to bring your kids to the polls– and it sets a good example!).

Education Dive/ Oct. 30, 2018
One California County Epitomizes Positive Impact of Home Visiting Amid National Trend
First 5 Santa Cruz is featured in this article about home visiting, the fourth in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years”.

KCRA-3 Sacramento/ Oct. 24, 2018
‘It Would Take My Entire Salary’: Sacramento Faces Affordable Childcare Shortage
First 5 Sacramento ED Julie Galello is quoted in this article about the difficulty parents face in finding childcare they can afford, and about a community forum held that week on the topic.

Action News Now (Chico-Redding)/ Oct. 24, 2018
First 5 Shasta Gives Grants to Carr Fire Victims
First 5 Shasta made $30,000 available to Carr Fire victims through a wildfire recovery fund.

Education Dive/ Oct. 23, 2018
Early-Childhood Advocates See Cannabis Challenges Rise as Tobacco Sales Fall
The third in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years” discusses how First 5s are on the front line of educating the public about the effects of cannabis during pregnancy and in homes with young children.

The Eureka Times-Standard/ Oct. 24, 2108
First 5 Achievements Highlighted at Supervisors’ Meeting
First 5 Humboldt discussed its annual report a recent Board of Supers Meeting.

The Madera Tribune/ Oct. 20, 2018
First 5 Madera Celebrates 20 Years of Service
First 5 Madera hosted a large anniversary luncheon to celebrates its 20th anniversary; attendees included the Madera mayor, the public health director, and other state and local representatives and officials.

Education Dive/ Oct. 17, 2018
As Revenue Declines from One ‘Sin Tax,’ California Considers Tapping Another for Children’s Programs
This second in a series on “First 5 at 20 Years” discusses how First 5s are dealing with declines in their revenue tied to the state tobacco tax.

Noozhawk/ Oct. 17, 2018
First 5 Santa Barbara Urges Parents to Talk, Read, Sing to Children
First 5 and the Santa Barbara County Office of Ed kick off their 2018 Talk, Read, Sing campaign.

San Rafael Patch/ Oct. 10, 2018
Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Immigration Changes
First 5 Marin ED Amy Reisch discusses the effect of the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule on young children and their families.

Education Dive/ Oct. 9, 2018
What Did California’s Novel Approach to Funding Early Childhood Programs Achieve?
This first in a 4-part series about “First 5 at 20 Years” describes the evolution of First 5 from program funder to systems builder.

The LA Times Daily Pilot/ Oct. 2, 2018
Orange County Prospers When It’s Youngest Children are Prioritized
A new community indicators report showcases the need to prioritize young children in Orange County, writes First 5 ED Kim Goll in this commentary.

East County Today/ Oct. 1, 2018
First 5 Contra Costa Holds Groundbreaking for New Pittsburg Center
The $3.1 million center will meet the needs of kids and families in the county, and is close to public transportation.

Lake County News/ Sept. 30, 2018
Free Infant Sleep Seminar Now Offered Countywide
A free seminar on safe sleep practices for infants, co-sponsored by First 5 Lake County, is now offered at key locations that span the county.

CA Forward Reporting/ Sept. 28, 2018
How Bridging the Early Childhood Care Gap Helps Elevate California
This video accompanies an earlier article from CA Forward about its joint conference with First 5 Association to discuss how early childhood investment benefits California’s economy.

Marin Independent Journal/ Sept. 24, 2018
Marin Activists Fighting Hunger Fear Effect of Trump Initiative
First 5 Marin hosted a community meeting following news of proposed changes to the federal public charge rules, which hunger activists fear will harm families’ ability to access nutritious food. A partner later wrote a letter to the editor expressing appreciation for the forum.

Noozhawk/ Sept. 15, 2018
County to Promote Child Passenger Safety Week
Supervisors presented First 5 Santa Barbara County and the California Highway Patrol with a formal copy of a proclamation declaring Sept. 23-29 Child Passenger Safety Week.

Los Angeles Sentinel/ Sept. 14, 2018
Public Health Department, First 5 Announce ‘Cut the Sugar’ Campaign
First 5 Santa Clara and the Santa Clara Public Health Dept are kicking off a campaign to encourage residents to drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.

Marin Independent Journal/ Sept. 2, 2018
Marin’s High Wages Failing to Keep Pace with Costs
First 5 Marin Communications Manager Michelle Fadelli is quoted on the effect that low family wages have on children.

The Sacramento Bee/ Aug. 27, 2018
‘Pie in the Sky’ and a ‘Faux Plan’: Influencers Discuss Health Care and the Governor’s Race
As one of the Sacramento Bee‘s “California Influencers,” First 5 LA ED Kim Belshe discusses how the next governor, and the state, should approach health care.

The Mercury News/ Aug. 25, 2018
High Costs, Limited Space Present Preschool Burdens for Bay Area Families
First 5 Contra Costa ED Sean Casey is quoted in this article about the difficulty of finding preschool openings in Contra Costa and Solano Counties, since many families with young kids are moving there in search of more affordable housing.

The Davis Enterprise/ Aug. 24, 2018
Yolo Crisis Nursery: The Power of Partnership
First 5 Yolo’s Help Me Grow is mentioned as one of the key resources recommended for a client of Yolo Crisis Nursery.

The Atlantic/ Aug. 23, 2018
A Mother’s Zip Code Could Signal Whether Her Baby Will Be Born Too Early
This article mentions First 5 Fresno’s survey asking moms how they felt during their perinatal period; 44% said they don’t think their doctors demonstrated cultural sensitivity during care.

Sacramento News and Review/ Aug. 16, 2018
United for Momentum : Black Mothers United Program to Serve More Than 600 Expectant Mothers
First 5 Sacramento has awarded Her Health First/Black Mothers United a three-year, $1.27 million contract to support its mission of building health equity for women.

Marin Independent Journal/ Aug. 12, 2018
Marin Schools to Launch Kindergarten Readiness Tool
Marin County kindergarten teachers are volunteering to administer a new system, sponsored by First 5 Marin, that will standardize evaluation of kids’ readiness to enter school and establish a county baseline.

The Valley News/ Aug. 10, 2018
First 5 Program Reaches Families
In this opinion piece, Assemblymember Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) praises the work of First 5, using First 5 San Diego and Riverside as examples.

The Siskiyou Daily News/ Aug. 10, 2018
First 5 to Present Training on Child Abuse Prevention

Forbes/Aug. 2, 2018
We Need to Start Thinking of Failure in a Successful Way
First 5 LA’s Daniela Pineda discusses how important it is for organizations to examine failures if they want to make true progress.  Part of this process at First 5 LA involves listening carefully to community feedback–and acting on it.

Marin Independent Journal/ Aug. 1, 2018
Breastfeeding is About Health; Formula is About Profits
First 5 Marin ED Amy Reisch co-authored a piece for World Breastfeeding Week on all of the benefits of breastfeeding.

LAist/ July 25, 2018
Lots of LA Kids are Going to Preschool– But It Depends On Where You Live
First 5 LA VP Kim Pattillo-Brownson is quoted in this article about how, whether you attend preschool in LA and the state depends heavily on what part of town you live in.

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.