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Policy Pick: Commission Approves Support for First 5 LA Legislative Agenda

April 16, 2012
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The First 5 LA Commission last week approved support for a number of pending state bills and federal items that could greatly improve the lives of young children and their families in California.

The state bills included in First 5 LA's Legislative Agenda reflect the agency's policy goals, encompassing a number of issues such as nutrition, health care, child abuse and neglect, and early care and education. Included on the list are:

  • AB 1673 from Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), which would ensure 12-month continuous child care eligibility for qualifying children of working families.
  • AB 2386 authored by Assemblymember Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa), which would add breastfeeding to the conditions covered under current law prohibiting discriminatory practices in employment or housing accommodations.
  • SB 970 from Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), which would increase access to both CalFresh and health care coverage.

Over the next few months, First 5 LA will work with other stakeholders to educate elected officials and the general public on the importance of these items to the health and well-being of young children and their families, both in Los Angeles County and throughout California. Through collaboration with local experts, grantees, funding partners and the leadership of Commissioners, First 5 LA seeks to build a foundation for improvements in the public policy realm.

First 5 LA's approved Legislative Agenda can be found here. In the coming weeks, the Monday Morning Report will highlight some of the bills and provide updates on their progress. For more information, please contact Ruel Nolledo at To keep up on the latest on policies affecting young children, sign up to receive the Policy in Play email alerts from the Policy Department by clicking here.

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