First 5 in the News

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

Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month event held at Mission Plaza
KSBY / April 6, 2024

National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Month of the Child recognize the importance of families and communities that work together to prevent child abuse and neglect while highlighting those who strive to meet the needs of the young children in their care.

First Five California Programs at Risk as Revenue Plummets
KQED / February 9, 2024

Programs dedicated to the well being of California’s youngest residents are facing major cuts. That’s because a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products sharply lowered revenue that’s supposed to fund first five California and the early childhood services.

First 5 leaders call for $100 million investment in early childhood
Lake County Record-Bee / February 8, 2024

Proposed one-time funding set to alleviate cuts and ensure sustained services for California’s youngest children and families

California early education advocates rally for funding boost
EdSource / February 7, 2023

Without this funding, advocates say, programs supporting tens of thousands of young children, many of whom are low-income, face cutbacks.

First 5 Riverside County partners with Riverside University Health System & Baby2Baby to provide over 300 car seats to families
NBC Palm Springs / December 4, 2023

The partnership between F5RC and RUHS ensured opportunities for families to receive training, both virtual and in-person, on how to safely install the seats.

First 5 San Diego – Early Childhood Development Funding
ABC San Diego / December 1, 2023

Locally, First 5 San Diego has been working diligently on alternate funding sources and advocating for policy changes to strengthen the early childhood education systems of care…

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
KEET / July 28, 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.