The First 5 Association logo, which features a child's hand print

Monday, February 5 - Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel &
The California Endowment - Sacramento, CA

Connect. Reflect. Act.

Connect with colleagues and state officials, celebrate policy wins, hear about future Association plans, and share groundbreaking REDI and systems change practices.

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Event Agenda

This year, we will follow our Annual Meeting with Advocacy Day 2024, which will be held in person for the first time since 2019.

Speaker names and session topic details are forthcoming.


Monday, February 5, 2024

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

11:00 AM

Registration Opens

1:00 PM

First 5 CA Home Visiting Coordination Grant Regional Meetings

2:30 PM

Regional Meetings

4:00 PM

First 5 Leadership Network Gathering


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

8:00 AM

Registration Opens


9:00 AM


9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: National Perspectives on the Early Childhood Field, Childcare, and Shaping Policy Discussions

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

REDI Solutions Salon

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Peer to Peer Learning

2:15 PM


2:30 PM

Connecting with the First 5 Association

3:10 PM

Peer to Peer Learning

4:00 PM


6:00 PM

Dinner and Reception


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The California Endowment

8:30 AM


9:00 AM

Welcome and Keynote  

9:30 AM

Advocacy Day Instructions

10:00 AM

Advocacy Day Meetings Begin

12:00 PM

Grab and Go Boxed Lunch

4:00 PM

Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Closing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Registration Process & Fees

When is the last date I can register to attend?

January 5, 2024 is the last day to register for First 5 Association’s Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day.

What is the registration fee for the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day?


Can I pay the registration fee by check?

No. The registration fee for the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day must be paid by credit card through Eventbrite when you register to attend. 

What does the registration fee include?

The registration fee includes: participation in Annual Meeting sessions, Advocacy Day activities, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and associated collateral for the event.

Does the registration fee include hotel rooms?


How much are hotel rooms?

Hotel rooms reserved through First 5 Association’s block will be $215 per night, plus tax and fees. Contact the hotel at (916) 447-1700 to obtain current room tax and fee rates. 

Do I book my hotel room nights through Eventbrite registration or through the hotel directly?

Register for your hotel rooms using this First 5 Association block link. Room reservations are not being offered through Eventbrite this year. Once the room block sells out, we encourage you to book through the hotel directly, either by calling (916) 447-1700 or through their website.

Can I stay additional nights before or after the Annual Meeting?

Subject to hotel availability. We recommend calling the hotel and asking if they will honor the block rate for your extended stay.

Are there discount codes available?


Is parking included in my registration fee?

No. Parking costs are not covered by First 5 Association. Valet parking will be available for a discounted rate of $35 per day for members who have booked a room at Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. For The California Endowment, parking will be available in nearby public lots.

Will I be required to put my credit card on file when I check in to the hotel?

Yes, attendees will be directly responsible for all financial aspects of their reservation with Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Who is invited to attend the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day?

All staff and commissioners of county First 5s are invited to attend.

What is the last date to cancel event registration and receive a refund?

Cancellations received on/before January 5, 2024 will receive a refund in the amount of the cost of their order, minus the Eventbrite processing fees (6.6% plus $1.79). Cancellations received on/after January 6, 2024 are non-refundable.


What do Travel Scholarships support?

The costs to travel to Sacramento may be higher for rural counties. Scholarships are intended to help offset the expense that rural, outlying counties face when traveling to Sacramento to attend the Annual Meeting and Advocacy Day.

How much financial support does a First 5 Association Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Travel Scholarship offer?

Scholarship amounts are not preset for the 2024 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day. We encourage small counties most distant from Sacramento to apply for a travel scholarship.

How do I apply for a First 5 Association Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Travel Scholarship?

Please complete the First 5 Association’s Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Travel Scholarship request form.

*Do Not Register for the event until you have received the results of your application. If you are awarded a scholarship, we will provide you with a discount code for Eventbrite’s registration to our event.

When is the deadline to apply for a First 5 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Travel Scholarship?

11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

When will I be notified of the results of my scholarship request?

Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2023 if they have been awarded a scholarship.

Travel To/From

What is the address of Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel & The California Endowment?

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

The California Endowment
1414 K St #500, Sacramento, CA 95814

What is the nearest airport?

The Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is located less than 15 minutes from Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel.

Do I need a rental car to travel to the hotel from the nearest airport?

No. Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel is a short Uber/Lyft/Taxi ride from the airport. Attendees driving to the hotel will be subject to parking fees ($20-47/day) so ride options will be less costly than renting a car.

Is there shuttle service for the guests?

No, Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel does not have a shuttle service to/from the airport.

Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day Content

What time does the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day start and end each day?

The Annual Meeting’s first session will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, with registration opening at 11:00 a.m. First 5 Association will host a breakfast for all attendees on Tuesday, February 6. The Annual Meeting will continue around 9 a.m. on Tuesday with a keynote speaker and peer to peer learning sessions throughout the day. We will break from sessions to host lunch on Tuesday and dinner for all attendees on Tuesday evening. First 5 Association will host breakfast on Wednesday, February 7 with the agenda kicking off around 9 a.m. Attendees will be equipped with Advocacy Day directions before breaking for scheduled meetings at the Capitol. First 5 Association will provide grab-and-go lunches for attendees on Wednesday afternoon for Advocacy Day. 

Will there be free time to enjoy the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel?


Will the content from the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day be broadcast live?


Will the content from the Keynote and/or other sessions be recorded and shared later?

Due to recording costs, it is unlikely we will record any of the sessions from this year’s Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day.

Do I need to schedule my own legislative visits?

No, First 5 Association will be scheduling your visits unless otherwise arranged.

When will I receive materials for Advocacy Day?

First 5 Association will provide talking points and materials in advance, along with a training on February 7.


What time is check in and out?

Hotel guaranteed check in time is 4 p.m., however, attendees are welcome to explore the property while they store your luggage until your room is ready. Checkout is at 11 a.m. and the hotel will store your luggage until you are ready to depart from your stay. 

Does Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel have a pool?

Yes, there is an outdoor pool.

Does Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel have a restaurant on site?

Yes, the Public Market Bar is open everyday from 6:00am to 1:00am.

What other amenities does the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel offer?

Complimentary amenities include fitness center, room service, daily housekeeping, wake up calls, and more.

Is internet in my room included?

No. Internet will be available for a fee through the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel for your room, meeting spaces and general premises.

Will my hotel room have a desk that I can work at in between Annual Meeting sessions?

Yes, each room includes a desk (in addition to standard furniture).

Does the property require guests to wear masks?


For more information about the hotel visit:


Will First 5 Association be providing COVID rapid tests for attendees?

No. Attendees are encouraged to self-test as needed and take precautions to ensure the safety of their peers. While subject to change as the event nears, at this time, First 5 Association will not be requiring COVID testing or masks.

Does the property require guests to wear masks?


What precautions will First 5 Association be taking in relation to COVID?

While we will not be requiring masks and testing, we encourage attendees to take necessary precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We will have hand sanitizer and masks available in gathering rooms for guests to use as they choose.

Things To Do

What things are there to do in our free time?

Sacramento is the city that never disappoints! Whether you’re a foodie or an art lover, an outdoor enthusiast or a music aficionado, Sacramento has something for everyone. Explore its vibrant neighborhoods, indulge in culinary delights at its many restaurants, immerse yourself in the rich cultural scene of museums and galleries, or get lost amidst the stunning murals that grace every corner. 


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We can't wait to see you in February!