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 […]

First 5 San Mateo Executive Director Named Assembly District 22 Woman of the Year

Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin announced this week that he has selected Kitty Lopez, Executive Director of First 5 San Mateo County and First 5 Association Board President, as the 2022 Assembly District 22 Woman of the Year. “Kitty is an exemplary leader with a long history of accomplishments and I am pleased to […]

First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Talks UTK in Radio Interview

Radio show title card showing a photo of Karen Scott

First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Karen Scott was interviewed recently about universal transitional kindergarten. She shared her insight with KVCR, an Inland Empire public radio station, during its monthly Education Insights radio show, appearing as a special guest alongside Assemblymember Kevin McCarty. In the interview she discusses the importance and value of early learning […]

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 […]