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Policy Agenda

First 5 LA's Public Policy Agenda is in development and will be posted soon.

Our 2016 Federal Policy Agenda may be accessed here:

As advocates for young children and families, First 5 LA monitors pending legislation and engages in activities that improve the lives of children and families in the areas of health, education and child safety.

Our department partners with community coalitions and other child advocacy groups to educate the general public and government officials about how policy and legislation affect the lives of the children and families we serve.

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Staying Focused in Times of Change
As watchful eyes focus on how the White House and Congress transition to a new administration, what remains unclear is how these changes will steer...

State Legislative Update: Will Gov. Brown Sign These Bills?
As Chaucer said, “Time and tide wait for no man.”Even if you’re the governor of California. Gov. Jerry Brown has until September 30...

Federal Policy Strategy and Advocacy Consultant Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Posted Date - April 1, 2016Updated - April 19, 2016. Frequently Asked Questions have been updated.Updated - April 14, 2016. Frequently Asked...

Children Win With California’s New Budget
Governor Signs Budget Supporting Preschool, Child Care and Health Care for Children(Los Angeles, CA)— First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belsh&...

Governor Brown Proposes Only Minimal Increases in Quality Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Coalition calls on California State Assembly and Senate to make quality early childhood education top priority(Sacramento...

First 5 LA Responds to the President’s Budget
First 5 LA supports the investments in children and families proposed today by President Obama in his Fiscal Year 2016 budget.Executive Director Kim...

Speaking Up for Children on Capitol Hill
First 5 LA is off to a strong start in its efforts to advocate for young children in our nation's capital.Buoyed by the public policy advocacy...

Home Visiting Victory
Home visiting programs in California have received an $11.9 million boost from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 14.5...

Early Learning Advocates Respond to the First Five Years Fund Poll
Los Angeles---Results from the First Five Years poll, which surveyed 800 registered voters across the political spectrum, found that 71 percent of...

California Teen Births in Decline
After working two jobs and going to school full-time over the last few years, 22-year-old Evelyn Batres of Pacoima says she has finally achieved one...

PPIC Studies Shed Light on California Children’s Education, Poverty
Most Californians favor implementation of new English and math standards, support a new funding formula that gives school districts increased...

America Gets Poor Grades on Children
Findings from a recently released study delving into the socioeconomic state of U.S. children revealed that childhood poverty has reached record highs...

A Capitol Day
First 5 Commissioners and leaders from counties across the state joined last week with legislators, representatives of the state First 5 Commission...

Belshé Testifies at Blue Ribbon Commission
During a recent meeting of the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé spoke...

Child Care Costs Skyrocketing
The average amount for child care is skyrocketing, and for those with an infant in a center-based program, the amount spent every month is higher...

Young Children Recognize Cigarette Brands
Nearly two-thirds of young children in low- and middle-income countries can identify cigarette brand logos, according to a study from researchers at...

Nation’s Attitude Trending Positive Towards Preschool Programs, Polls Find
Recent nationwide polls are reflecting the public's positive attitude towards and willingness to commit public funds to preschool, buoying grassroots...

Making the Grade
Finding the right child care center may soon become as easy as A-B-C. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who initiated L.A. County's restaurant...

Obesity Among Low-Income Preschoolers Declines in Many States
After decades of rising rates, obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in California and 18 other states and U.S. territories from...

OVERWHELMING BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR INVESTMENTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, ACCORDING TO NATIONWIDE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY
Voters rank increased public investment in early childhood education as an important national priority Los Angeles, CA - Polling results reveal...
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