First 5: The Governor Unveiled the 2022-23 Budget Proposal which Serves as a Framework to Advance the Health and Well-Being of California’s Youngest Children

ALAMEDA, CA (January 12, 2022) – On Monday, Governor Newsom released his proposed 2022-23 budget plan, a framework that features important investments to advance the health and well-being of California’s youngest children. The First 5 Association of California, First 5 California and First 5 LA welcome the governor’s continued focus on making programs, services and […]

First 5 Executive Directors, Commissioners Join Legislators to Talk Child Tax Credit

Recently, First 5 Executive Directors and Commissioners from Fresno, Ventura and Solano Counties have joined legislators in press conferences discussing the importance of the Child Tax Credit. In Ventura County, Executive Director Petra Puls joined U.S. Rep Julia Brownley’s to speak at her July 13th press conference to raise awareness on the expanded child tax credit. Click here […]

Uplifting Black heritage, traditions, and history on Juneteenth

From an early age, we teach children to express their feelings, to be themselves, and to honor their personal experience and culture. There is a power and pride in knowing our stories, and in having the story of our ancestors recognized, too. That’s one reason First 5 is excited to observe Juneteenth tomorrow with California’s […]

First 5 Humboldt Works with Community Partners to Support Local Child Care Providers

A child's handprint. First 5 Humboldt. Humboldt County Children and Families Foundation.

A recent article in the Humboldt Times-Standard highlighted the difficulties faced by child care providers in Humboldt County as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the innovative ways First 5 Humboldt and its community partners helped to support providers as things got tough. First 5 worked with its playgroup partners to offer virtual support […]

First 5 Kern & Univision 39 Discuss Local Help Me Grow

Diana Navarro and Leonardo Ruiz on a Zoom call to discuss HMG.

First 5 Kern County recently partnered with Univision 39 for an outreach campaign to share the importance of developmental screenings with the families of Kern County. First 5 Kern Senior Research Analyst Diana Navarro recently sat down with Leonardo Ruiz from Univision 39 to discuss Help Me Grow Kern County in a live broadcast via Facebook. Click here to watch the video […]

First 5 Fresno Executive Director Pens Medi-Cal Op-Ed

A screenshot of the op-ed on the Fresno Bee website

First 5 Fresno County Executive Director Fabiola González was the author of a recent op-ed featured in The Fresno Bee and The Merced Sun-Star. The op-ed focuses on the importance of ensuring that low-income families in the Central Valley have access to health care, especially those who rely on Medi-Cal for health insurance coverage, and how […]

New Videos Feature Child Care Provider Testimonials About COVID-19 Vaccine

First 5 Association of California and First 5 California have created new COVID-19 vaccine outreach resources to reach child care providers in counties across California who have not yet gotten vaccinated. The resources include testimonials, in both English and Spanish, from providers who have been or plan to be vaccinated. See more videos featuring testimonials from child […]