First 5: Governor Newsom’s 2023–24 Budget Proposal Continues Support of California’s Youngest Children and Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Melanie Flood FRSA, First 5 Association of California, SACRAMENTO, CA (January 11, 2023) – Governor Newsom released his proposed budget plan Tuesday, which continues to demonstrate his commitment to provide for the needs of young children and their families and continuing to build toward an improved early childhood system. “We […]

Published study by First 5 San Bernardino shows parenting education plays crucial role in the prevention of child maltreatment

In a first for First 5 San Bernardino (F5SB), a research study based on one of the organization’s initiatives was recently published highlighting the importance parenting education programs play in preventing child abuse and neglect. Featured in the Journal of Public Child Welfare’s June 15, 2022, edition, the paper titled “Strengths-based case management” provides evidence […]

First 5 Association of California Welcomes Avo Makdessian as Executive Director

SACRAMENTO – First 5 Association of California (F5AC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Avo Makdessian as its new Executive Director, which will commence on August 29, 2022.  Mr. Makdessian will lead the Association, its complementary Foundation, and the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy. His expertise in advocacy, grantmaking, research, and community outreach […]

The First 5 Network Statement on the 2022-23 State Budget

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the First 5 Network thanks Governor Newsom and the Legislature for adopting the 2022-23 state budget that provides critical investments in behavioral and mental health, children’s health, early literacy, and reproductive rights.  The First 5 Network is appreciative of the $10 million investment in the 2022-23 fiscal year and $20 million […]

First 5 San Bernardino ED Interviewed about Water Safety

First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Karen Scott was interviewed on Fox 11 News and Good Day LA on Memorial Day to discuss the importance of water safety. View the full interview here.  In the interview, Scott goes over the “ABCs” of water safety: A – Active Adult Supervision B – Barriers (fencing, latches, alarms) C […]

First 5 Network Responds to May Budget Revision

The First 5 Network Responds to Governor Newsom’s May Budget Revision   May Revision Provides an Opportunity to Advance a Whole-Child, Whole-Family Agenda   ALAMEDA, CA (May 18, 2022) – The First 5 Network, comprised of First 5 California, the First 5 Association of California, and the 58 local county First 5s across the state, […]

First 5s To Champion Early Childhood Investments on Annual Advocacy Day

SACRAMENTO – The statewide network of First 5s will meet with legislators April 19 for the annual First 5 Advocacy Day, to lift up key early childhood legislation and budget proposals and promote its Whole Child, Whole Family policy agenda. Among key issues First 5s will be discussing with legislators are both healthcare and Infant and Early […]