2023 Policy Priorities
First 5 Association of California (F5AC) advocates for California’s youngest children and their families to ensure that they have the supports to thrive in school and life. Grounded in a whole child / whole family framework with an intentional focus on children prenatal to 3-years-old, First 5 is a conduit for change during this critical stage of development — building comprehensive and integrated early childhood systems of care that advance equity, prevention strategies and systems coordination.
F5AC works to advance state and federal policies that support the First 5 Network and infrastructure and cultivate opportunity for all of California’s young children and families. We do this while centering the fact that low-income communities, communities of color, and historically marginalized Californians face disproportionate impacts due to systemic racism, wealth inequality and natural disasters.
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- Secure funding to offset the impact of Proposition 31 flavored tobacco ban and declining tobacco tax revenue. This declining revenue is a threat to First 5’s infrastructure and service provision for early childhood health, learning and prevention strategies.
- Promote local First 5 commissions as foundational community implementers, intermediaries, fiscal agents and thought partners for programs, policies and state initiatives that seek to improve child and family outcomes.
- Preserve existing First 5 funding.
- Preserve recent California policy achievements and state investments that will improve outcomes for young children (e.g., continuous eligibility for Medi-Cal from birth through age 5, investments in home visiting and child care).
- Ensure California families have access to relevant and effective supports in a timely manner.
- Increase family economic supports, so that families can provide stable, thriving homes in which to raise children.