First 5 in the News

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

California educators pay a wage penalty for working with younger children, report shows

EdSource/ February 24, 2021

“‘This new research powerfully reinforces the work of early childhood advocates across our state and nation, who know that supporting children and families means properly valuing our early educators,’ said Melissa Stafford Jones, executive director of the First 5 Association, an advocacy organization.”

California Child Care Spaces Have Been Disappearing For Years. The Pandemic Is Making It Even Harder To Survive

LAist/ February 18, 2021

“Family child care is often more affordable and flexible than center-based care. Rodriguez charged a flat rate of $46 a day for 7am to 5.30pm care. Do the math for a full year and that’s 25% lower than the average annual cost of infant and toddler care in Orange County, according to a recent report from the area’s First 5 organization.”

Marin Voice: Everyone caring for kids needs help finding right resources

Marin Independent Journal/ February 15, 2021

“A new program called ‘Help Me Grow Marin’ can help get answers to those questions, and many more. Sponsored by First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, Help Me Grow Marin connects parents, physicians and community providers with information, services and resources for young children, while building a strong support system as a whole.”

Report studying student data connection could lead to better teaching outcomes

FOX 5/ February 4, 2021

“The San Diego County Office of Education, First 5 San Diego and Harder+Company Community Research released the study highlighting how San Diego County successfully linked student data between preschool and kindergarten — something no other county in the state has done with efficacy.”

Child care providers receive free PPE in Sacramento County

KCRA3/ January 23, 2021

“Child care providers received free PPE on Friday from First 5 Sacramento County. The organization helps with early childhood development.”

This story also appeared on Fox40 and ABC10.

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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