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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...

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...

A Letter from Kim Belshé
It is a promising time for children in California.Our state is embarking on an historic change in how public schools are funded. Parents and community...

A Panel on the President’s Proposals
Spurred by President Obama's proposal to fund early childhood education, or ECE, First 5 LA hosted a policy panel to discuss the opportunities...

Five Facts About the Governor’s May Revise
Health care reform, county realignment and several other issues important to children ages 0 to 5 were major features in Governor Jerry Brown's...

President’s New Budget Plan Reveals Preschool Expansion Details
President Obama provided more information on his vision for expanded early education last week when he unveiled his 2014 budget plan. If implemented...

What’s In the President’s Universal Preschool Plan?
President Obama sent a clear signal about the importance of early childhood education when he announced a proposal to make universal preschool...

Budget Brief: Senate Subcommittee Rejects TK Cuts, Defers Decision on Other Kids' Programs
Key legislators in the California Senate sent a message about the importance of early education when they rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to...

Budget Brief: State Senate Considers Cuts to Children's Programs This Week
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to slash a number of children's programs comes under scrutiny again this week when the state Senate's Budget Subcommittee on...

Opening Dependency Court’s Doors
For the first time, the public will know what is going on in the historically closed-door dependency court hearings in Los Angeles. These hearings...
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