First 5 Association Census Toolkit Helps Ensure Little CA Kids Are Counted

First 5 Association of California is inviting partners to use its new digital toolkit to encourage parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 to count young kids in the upcoming Census. One million children ages 0-5 weren’t counted in the 2010 Census, and California had the highest 0-5 undercount of all states. The toolkit includes downloadable resources for […]

With AB 1004 Signed, More Young Kids Will Be Screened Early for Developmental Milestones

First 5 LA, First 5 Association, and Children Now are thrilled by Governor Newsom’s signing of AB 1004 (McCarty), which will help ensure California’s babies and toddlers receive the developmental screenings–and eventually services–they are entitled to through Medi-Cal. “In signing this bill, the governor is further strengthening the health care system for young Californians,” said […]

Leading California Early Childhood Advocates Oppose Trump Administration’s “Public Charge” Rule

Alameda, CA — First 5 Association of California, First 5 California, and First 5 LA today joined major California leaders including Governor Gavin Newsom in opposing the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rule expansion, which will allow immigration officials the ability to deny a green card to immigrant applicants if they are in receipt of certain public benefits that are intended to […]

First 5 Applauds Governor’s Signing of Historic Budget for Young Children

First 5 Association of California and First 5 California today cheered Governor Newsom’s signing of a budget that will make a historic investment of more than $2 billion in California’s young children and their families. “With this budget, the governor makes clear that his administration prioritizes young children and families as a key element of […]

U.S. Supreme Court Action on Citizenship Question is a Victory for Young Children

First 5 Association Executive Director Moira Kenney released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today not to allow a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, and to send it back to a district court for consideration. “We hope the New York District Court will follow the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court […]

First 5 Association ED Moira Kenney Responds to May Budget Revision

The following statement can be attributed to Moira Kenney, Executive Director of First 5 Association, in response to Governor Newsom’s 2018-19 May Budget Revision, released today. “The cornerstone of Governor Newsom’s May budget revision is a strong Parent Agenda that will improve the lives of young children and families. “By adding revenue to boost child […]

New Tool to Ensure California’s Babies and Families Get the Services They Need

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA — Today, First 5 Association of California and Children’s Data Network (CDN) launched a new tool to help service providers, policymakers, and government agencies more effectively support children and families and direct resources where they are needed most. The California Strong Start Index, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation, uses information collected at birth […]