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 […]

Accountability, Not Justice, for George Floyd

We are relieved that police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, and hope that the verdict brings some measure of solace to Mr. Floyd’s loved ones and to Black communities around the country.  At the same time, we recognize that while the verdict brought accountability, it did not bring justice. Justice […]

Racism has no place in the world we’re building for young children and families.

We condemn the recent surge of violence and racist acts against our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, whose members are our parents, grandparents, children, child care providers, health care workers, home visitors, beloved neighbors, coworkers, and friends. We pledge to use our anger and frustration at these acts to spur forward our work to […]

First 5 LA Releases New Screening and Referral Toolkit

The cover of the new First 5 LA screening toolkit

First 5 LA, in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has released a new Early Screening, Better Outcomes: Developmental Screening & Referral Toolkit for Family Serving Agencies. This toolkit is a practical guide to support early care and education, foster care, home visiting, mental health and other family serving agencies to implement or refine a high-quality approach […]