Expanding Our Approach to Advocacy with a New State and Federal Agenda
April 25th, 2019 First 5 LA has long acknowledged the impact state and federal legislation has on families in Los Angeles County, and for the past few years the organization has developed an annual legislative agenda aligned with its policy g...Read More
African American Infant and Maternal Mortality Crisis: Fighting for Hope
“This cannot be happening AGAIN,” I thought to myself as the labor pains grew more intense. Two years earlier, I had given birth to my first daughter, Hannah, at 27 weeks, 5 days — all 1 lb., 9 oz. of her. And here I was again, 27 weeks, 5 ...Read More
In L.A. County, Collaboration is Key to Creating More Effective Government
By First 5 LA Executive Vice President John Wagner and Senior County Systems Strategist Reid Meadows For decades, the politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. have battled over whether government is too big or too small. Here in Los An...Read More
In the Nation’s Capital, the Future Is Female
On my first day on a trip to Washington, D.C., I had an awakening. A group of women in a hallway in the House of Representatives caught my eye. They were colorfully dressed and quite enthusiastic. When I asked one of them why they were there, ...Read More
Can Child Advocates Capitalize on Sacramento’s Rise in Parent-Lawmakers?
Becoming a parent certainly changes your family dynamic and forever alters your perspective and priorities; but it’s not a requirement for caring deeply about children’s futures. Making systems work better for children and families is gain...Read More
Analysis: How Will Gov. Newsom’s Budget Proposal Impact California’s Young Children and Families?
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first state budget proposal is groundbreaking in the depth and breadth of its investments in our youngest Californians. Placing a strong priority on young children and working families, Newsom’s “California for All”...Read More
A First for First 5s: Advocating Together in D.C.
The voice of an organized group is powerful — especially if you represent the children and families in each of the 58 counties across the state of California. For the first time in First 5 history, representatives from nearly two dozen First...Read More
Back-to-school optimism? Try finding child care, preschool
Nearly 3 million young parents across California confront long waiting lists and daunting costs By Kim Pattillo Brownson and Bruce Fuller Pristine optimism fills the air as our kids head back to school and start anew — a refreshin...Read More
Record Low Birthrates and the Need to Invest in Childhood Development
California is facing an unprecedented demographic shift as our citizens are aging and birthrates are not keeping up. The Governor-elect and members of the State Legislature must prepare for this inevitable shift in population by prioritizing e...Read More