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 […]

First 5 San Luis Obispo Releases New Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit

Children playing on a playground and text advertising the new "Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit"

First 5 San Luis Obispo recently released a new, free resource to help workplaces become more resilient while meeting the ever-changing challenges working parents face balancing their jobs and family priorities. The online toolkit is designed to help employers assess their current business practices, explore the many benefits of family-friendly workplace policies, and identify opportunities […]

New Tools for Outreach on CA Earned Income Tax Credit, Young Child Tax Credit

First 5 Association of California invites partners to use our new resource page to help get the word out to parents, caregivers, providers and partners about the California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit. The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) are proven, effective tools to help move […]

First 5 Association Congratulates New Appointees to First 5 California Commission

First 5 Association of California warmly congratulates the two newest members of the First 5 California Children and Families commission, who were appointed yesterday by the governor: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who will serve as chair, and Elsa Mendoza Jimenez. Surgeon General Dr. Burke Harris has an impressive history of advocacy and care for California’s […]

First 5 Santa Clara Releases New Video on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

A still from the video showing Kathy Page speaking about FASD.

First 5 Santa Clara County recently released a new video on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). The new video explores what FASDs are, how FASDs affect behavior, and why FASDs are difficult to diagnose. Included are interviews with Dr. Balaji Govindaswami, Dr. Ira Chasnoff, president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College […]

First 5 Kern delivers COVID supply help

Piles of boxes of gloves sit on palettes at a supply distributions

First 5 Kern held a final distribution event for their programs in October. Thirty-one programs were able to come out to this event.Three dozen First 5 Kern-funded programs and over 200 child care facilities participated in six different distribution events, which first started back in April as providers were struggling with lockdowns and limited availability […]