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What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities

First 5 LA Storms D.C.: Colleagues from the Public Policy & Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Departments joined two different delegations in Washington D.C. this month to raise awareness about young children. Below is a snapshot of each:

ACCESS D.C.: Colleagues Peter Barth, Rebecca Patton, Charna Martin and Jamie Zamora joined a group of more than 200 members of the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce for ACCESS Washington D.C. The annual advocacy event is hosted by the Chamber and sets the stage for Los Angeles-based business and civic leaders to meet with federal lawmakers on issues ranging from immigration and education to transportation and health care. First 5 LA was a platinum sponsor of the event and staff played a significant role in several of the education-related sessions, including Director of Policy Peter Barth introducing Senator Diane Feinstein. 

Foundations on the Hill: Colleagues Jennifer Cowan and Alba Bautista joined Philanthropy CA—an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers—at Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Led by United Philanthropy Forum, FOTH brings together foundation leaders from across the country once a year for meetings with Congress to discuss key issues of importance to philanthropy. The delegation met with Senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein and representatives from Los Angeles to establish relationships and encourage Congress to view foundations as a resource for addressing key policy issues.

Learning Journey: To really get to know a topic, nothing beats an in-person experience. This is the philosophy of First 5 LA’s Early Care and Education Department, which is aiming to venture into the field at least once a quarter to explore the world of early childhood professionals. This month, the team visited family child care providers and child care centers participating in two Shares Service Alliances. The team met at the Girls Club of Los Angeles, then broke up into groups and traveled to different sites in the area. For more information on Shares Service Alliances contact Program Officer Gina Rodriguez at [email protected]. Read more about the way First 5 LA shares its learnings in this article.

Building Connections: Public Policy and Government Affairs (PPGA) began their first round of State district office visits this month, meeting with district staff to discuss First 5 LA's policy and systems change agenda and investments. Offices visited include newly elected Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, and Senator Ricardo Lara. PPGA will continue to visit with several state and federal district offices with the goal of helping them become well educated on our role in helping children have access to early care and education in their communities.

Policy Insights 2018: First 5 LA's Director of Public Policy and Government Affair Peter Barth this month joined more than 300 advocates, policymakers and researchers at the California Budget and Policy Center's annual "Policy Insights" event. Held at the Sacramento Convention Center, Barth served as a morning-session panelist for the “Piloting Home Visiting in California: Why It’s Important and How It Works” workshop. Other panelist included Frank Mecca of the County Welfare Directors Association of California, Michele Stillwell-Parvensky of Children’s Defense Fund-California, and Charles Michalopoulos of MDRC. First 5 LA and the First 5 Association were primary sponsors for the day-long event. Click here for Barth’s handout about home visiting across the state.

When Dollars Make Sense: For the 10th year in a row, First 5 LA has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.  GFOA provides this recognition to organizations that produce annual comprehensive annual financial reports – affectionately known as the CAFR at First 5 LA – that are easily readable and efficiently organized. “In the world of financial and audit jargon, this is no easy task,” said First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé. “Congrats to the Finance Department team for this prestigious GFOA recognition.”

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