First 5 in the News

Recent media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.

SCOE partners with Solano Library, First 5 to deliver backpacks to 5,500 early learners

The Reporter/ January 19, 2021

“The agency has partnered with the First 5 Solano Commission and Solano County Library Literacy Services to provide 5,500 backpacks filled with school supplies to kindergartners and transitional kindergartners at Solano public schools.”

This story also appears in Fairfield Daily Republic.

As pandemic rages, child care providers get help with protective supplies

The Orange County Register/ January 16, 2021

“First 5 Orange County, along with some partners, has been distributing much needed face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and other supplies to child care providers at a series of recent drive-through events that continue Saturday, Jan. 16, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove.”

In the right direction? Perspectives on Gov. Newsom’s education budget

EdSource/ January 13, 2021

First 5 Association Executive Director Melissa Stafford Jones provides a response to the Governor’s proposed budget, along with other leaders in the field.

Monterey County Health Director chosen for state First 5 Commission

KION/ January 8, 2021

“According to First 5 Monterey County, Jimenez grew up in South Monterey County and has served as the Director of Health Services since 2016. “

Governor Newsom Appoints Two New Members to California Children and Families Commission

Business Wire/ January 8, 2021

“To serve in the role of First 5 California Commission Chair, Governor Newsom appointed Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General. Additionally, Governor Newsom appointed Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department, as a Commission member.”

SLO County donation drive aims to help more than 6,000 kids — with masks, soap and more

San Luis Obispo Tribune/ January 7, 2021

“EVC is partnering with with First 5 SLO County, San Luis Obispo County Child Care Planning Council and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) on the effort.”

How To Answer Kids’ Questions About Political Turmoil

Capitol Public Radio/ January 7, 2021

“‘This is a national trauma,’ said Donna Sneeringer, a commissioner for First 5 Sacramento and chief strategy officer for the nonprofit Child Care Resource Center.”

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