First 5 in the News
Recent media coverage of First 5 programs, people, and activities around the state.
Hefty cigarette taxes cut smoking big-time. But there’s a downside for children
Los Angeles Times / September 20, 2023
As cigarette consumption declined over time, so did the funds available for early childhood programs. Turns out penalizing smokers for their habits had unintended consequences.
First 5 Monterey County
KSBW / September 6, 2023
In Monterey County, there are only enough licensed child care spaces to serve 26 percent of the children under five. When you include working families, the number drops to 17 percent.
First 5 Contra Costa
Fox KTVU / August 3, 2023
Watch as Fox KTVU sits down with Ruth Fernandez, the Executive Director of First 5 Contra Costa, to learn how they are making a lasting impact on children’s lives.
Headline Humboldt: July 28th, 2023
Executive Director Mary Ann Hanson from First 5 Humboldt talks about the important work for local kids and how state sin tax funding is decreasing, putting their programs at risk.
California’s Reduction in Tobacco Use Slashed Revenue for First 5 Humboldt, Forcing Cuts to Family Services
Tobacco ban hurting Silicon Valley early education groups
San Jose Spotlight / July 21, 2023
Californians are smoking less: Why that’s a problem for these early childhood services
Cal Matters / July 18, 2023
“A new ban on flavored tobacco products is accelerating a decline in nicotine tax revenue that funds California’s early childhood services. Some programs are already making cuts.”
We need to address child care shortages now
The Daily Journal / July 13, 2023
“Child care shortages are an all-too-familiar problem in the United States, and San Mateo County is no exception.”
Special guests share books, love of reading at area schools
Report finds only 1 in 5 Sonoma children ready for kindergarten
CBS / April 27, 2023
Family support program First 5 First Steps enrolling 100 more families in South Bay region
KPBS / February 10, 2022
“First 5 First Steps has been helping families across the county since 2013, and is a program of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and First 5 San Diego.”
San Mateo County child care industry recovering
The San Mateo Daily Journal / February 9, 2022
“Kitty Lopez, the co-chair of Build Up San Mateo County and executive director of First 5 San Mateo County, said industry leaders and local officials had been meeting weekly for 18 months to discuss the state of child care in the county…”
First 5: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s First Surgeon General is a True Champion for Children and Families in the State
Business Wire / February 4, 2022
Diaper Project receives sizable grant
The Union / January 31, 2022
Tiffany Alva from First 5 Orange County to speak at the February Cypress Chamber Networking Breakfast
OC Breeze / January 28, 2022
Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan Provides $520,000 Support for Maternal/Infant Health Programs in Los Angeles and San Diego
PR Newswire / January 25, 2022
First 5 California Welcomes Lori Risso
Yahoo! Finance / January 18, 2022
FIRST 5 GRANT FUNDING IN SUPPORT OF CHILDREN AGES BIRTH-5
edhat Santa Barbara / January 17, 2022
First 5 Lake County welcomes new executive director
Lake County Record-Bee / January 15, 2022
“First 5 Lake County is pleased to welcome Samantha Bond as its new executive director. Bond comes to Lake County after working at First 5 Mendocino County for nearly five years as the public relations manager.”
Free tuition offered to attract preschool teachers and staff
KPBS / January 14, 2022
“‘The first five years of a child’s life are crucial in their development and the more opportunities they have to be in high-quality education settings the better they will be prepared for kindergarten and their future,’ said Alethea Arguilez, Executive Director of First 5 San Diego.”
The right priorities? Reactions to Gov. Newsom's 2022-23 early ed budget
EdSource / January 13, 2022
This story features a quote from First 5 Association Interim Executive Director Deborah Reidy Kelch about First 5’s reaction to Governor Newsom’s proposed budget.
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
Business Wire / January 12, 2022
“The First 5 Association of California, First 5 California and First 5 LA welcome the governor’s continued focus on making programs, services and resources more equitable, to ensure all children and families have the safe and nurturing environments they need to thrive.”
Budget surplus presents opportunity to invest in families, children
CalMatters / January 10, 2022
First 5 LA Executive Director, Kim Belshé penned this op-ed about the value of investing in services that promote optimal child development, maternal health and family stability in light of California’s unprecedented budget surplus.