First 5 in the News

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

First 5 Shasta empowers local early childhood education providers using $250,000 grant
KRCR / June 18, 2024

Leaders with First 5 Shasta are helping our early childhood education professionals advocate for their rights.

Several Family Resource Centers to Close Across Santa Clara County
KQED / May 23, 2024

First 5 Santa Clara County, which oversees and allocates the local portion of tobacco tax funding in the Valley, has been adapting to the tax revenue decline by building new strategic plans.

Why So Few Children Are Getting Screened For Delays — And Tips For Parents
LAist / April 26, 2024

Only about 30% of children in the state’s Medi-Cal program were screened for developmental delays in the first three years of life in 2022.

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.