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Legislative Agenda

Every year, the First 5 LA Commission votes to support state bills and federal items that have the potential to greatly improve the lives of young children and their families in California. Legislation included in First 5 LA's Legislative Agenda reflects the agency's policy goals, encompassing a number of issues such as nutrition, health care, child abuse and neglect, and early care and education.

For more information, please contact Tessa Charnofsky, government affairs manager, at [email protected].

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First 5 LA’s 2017 State Legislative Agenda Advocates for Access to Critical Services for Young Children and Families
Agenda Calls for Long-lasting Policy Changes to Improve Health Services, Child Care Eligibility and Access to Early Care and Education for Foster...

Policy Pick: State Lawmakers to Consider First 5 LA-Supported Bills
When California legislators return to the State Capitol in August from a summer recess spent in their respective districts, one of their primary goals...

Board Approves Bills for First 5 LA Legislative Agenda
First 5 LA’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved support on April 9 for a number of state bills that could greatly improve the lives of...

First 5 LA Advocates for Young Children During D.C. Visit
In an effort to effect positive change at the federal level on behalf of children prenatal to 5 and their families, First 5 LA’s Executive...

Update on First 5 LA’s State Legislative Agenda
First 5 LA’s Commission recently approved criteria for developing the agency’s 2015 Legislative Agenda and received a state policy update...

Policy Pick: Congress Passes Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization Bill
After nearly 20 years since the federal child care subsidy law saw any significant modifications, Congress has finally taken action on this important...

Policy Pick: Governor Signs Kids-Friendly Bills
Gov. Jerry Brown closed out the 2014 state legislative session last week by taking action on hundreds of bills, a number of which were aimed at...

Breastfeeding Takes Off
In a sign of growing support for nursing mothers who work, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first law requiring all major airports in...

Policy Pick: Social Impact Partnerships Could Leverage Private Money for Public Projects
Among the First 5 LA-supported bills under consideration in the California state legislature this week is one that would create a pathway for funding...

Policy Pick: State Lawmakers Consider First 5 LA-Supported Bills
One of the major factors affecting the fate of a piece of legislation is its potential cost. A number of California legislators will be considering...

Policy Pick: CCDBG Reauthorization Sees Movement in Congress
After nearly 20 years since the federal child care subsidy law saw any significant modifications, Congress is finally taking action on this important...

Budget Brief: Governor Approves Early Education Funding In New State Budget
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a $156.3 billion budget last Friday with relatively few line item vetoes compared to past years. The new spending...

State Suffering From School Nurse Shortage
From a badly scraped knee to a life-threatening reaction to a bee sting, it's common to find children in constant need of medical attention during...

Nearly 40 Percent of California Kids Ages 3-5 Not Enrolled in Preschool or Kindergarten
Even as state lawmakers tout Universal Preschool legislation, new data from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health reveals that nearly...

New Bill Would Repeal Maximum Family Grant Rule for California
One of the best ways to ensure that a newborn infant has a healthy start in life is by providing support for the family during the child's first...

A Good Head Start
First 5 LA is pleased that a federal spending bill passed by Congress and signed recently by President Obama will provide a big funding boost to...

Careless Care
Here's a shocking fact: If you are a single parent earning minimum wage in California ($16,640 a year), you're going to need to spend 71 percent of...

New Farm Bill Will Affect 100,000 Food Assistance Recipients in Los Angeles County
When President Obama recently signed a five-year Farm Bill, it was touted as a compromise between those who wanted to cut government spending, and...

Congress Introduces Preschool Education Bill
President Obama's proposal to expand access to universal preschool education made considerable headway last week, with the introduction of new...

Local Public Officials and Childhood Advocates Endorse Introduction of President's Pre- School For All Plan
Proponents for early childhood education are supporting bipartisan legislation that will mean expanding access to and quality of early learning...
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