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Policy and Advocacy

At First 5 LA, we recognize that policy and advocacy are essential tools in our efforts to champion the well-being of children in the areas of health, safety, and early education.

We identify and support policies that increase children’s developmental potential, improve the public’s access to quality health resources, and help parents and caregivers raise children in safe environments.

Policy Agenda

First 5 LA's Public Policy Agenda for 2010-2015 addresses the Commission's long term outcomes through ten policy goals.

First 5 LA 2010-2015 Policy Agenda (pdf)

First 5 LA 2010-2015 Policy Agenda Summary (pdf)

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 affects the lives of the children and families we serve.

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 reflect 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].

Policy in Play Alerts

First 5 LA provides perodic updates on current legislative issues through the Policy in Play alerts. More information can be found here.

Policy Panels

First 5 LA hosts a number of discussions each year with the goal of identifying policy-based solutions to pressing issues affecting young children and their families. More information can be found on the Panels Page.

Policy Briefs

First 5 LA policy briefs provide specific policy or system change recommendations for correcting social problems of concern to First 5 LA. These documents are useful tools for policymakers, opinion leaders and early childhood advocates who wish to learn more about issues affecting young children and their families.

First 5 LA policy briefs include:

  • Sugary Drinks: A Big Problem For Kids (2011). Strong public policies are needed to support parents and caregivers in stemming the childhood obesity epidemic. Increasingly, the evidence points to sugary drinks - including soda, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks and the like - as a prime source of added calories in our diets. This policy brief reviews the scientific evidence, the evolution of sugared beverage consumption, compares specific popular drinks, catalogues the health risks for children and proposes a variety of policy solutions.
  • ARRA Investments Supporting Children 0-5 in L.A. County (2010). This policy brief focuses on the amount of ARRA dollars flowing into Los Angeles County and the impact of these one-time investments on the lives of children and families, with a focus on four ARRA grants that have a direct impact on the well-being of children, birth through 5.

Policy Roundtables

Held twice a year, First 5 LA's policy roundtables were developed to encourage strategic thinking and collaborative efforts among advocates working on public policy issues affecting children age 0 to 5 and their families. Roundtable participants share information on their public policy change efforts at the national, state and/or local levels, learn about others' activities, and build mutual support for policies benefitting infants, young children and their families in L.A. County.

  • Policy Roundtable: June 5, 2012. Marci Aronovitz of Strategic Counsel discusses First 5 LA's new policy brief on the economic impact of the early care and education industry on Los Angeles County. Handouts provided include:

- ECE Works PowerPoint Presentation

- Excerpts from Federal Update Report, June 2012

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California's Budget Shortfalls Impact Most Vulnerable Population: Children
California's budget deficit, and the proposed 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal and other state-supported services, threatens to undermine much of the work...

Policy Pick: Budget Threats at the Federal Level
President Bush last month released his $3 trillion budget request for the Fiscal Year 2009, and unfortunately many federally funded children and...

Policy Pick: California’s Historic Health Care Reform Deal
Health care reform advocates throughout the state were dealt a major setback as the governor's health care reform package failed to make it out of...

Health Care Reform Update: Schwarzenegger's Plan Banks on Healthy Kids
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez have co-authored the "Secure and Affordable Health Care Act 2008" (...

Creating a "Common Vision" for Supporting Children
Although the Federal Government has touted a focus on family values for years, and has allocated millions of support dollars for seniors through...

Policy Pick: Congress Moves to Improve & Expand Head Start
One of the key items on First 5 LA's Public Policy Agenda made significant progress last week in Congress. By overwhelming margins, a bipartisan...

Policy Pick: Multi-Unit Housing: Smoke-Free Movement's Final Frontier
As Evie's Desk reported last week, thanks to a new law, smokers in California soon will no longer be able to lawfully light up in their vehicles if a...

City of LA, First 5 LA and LAUP Honor Children?s Champions
Unsung heroes were the center of attention at Los Angeles City Hall last Tuesday as nearly all Los Angeles City Council Members, Deputy Mayor Ray...

Baby Futures Summit Opens Dialogue on Investing By Funders & Businesses
More than 70 philanthropic and business leaders from across Los Angeles County joined forces in an historic Baby Futures Summit earlier this month at...

Telemundo Preview: Pregnant Woman Dismissed from Job Learns About Employees' Rights
When Evelia Mosqueda of Norwalk notified her employer that she was three months pregnant, the last thing she expected was to be terminated. But the...

Children's Health Initiative Pledges to Continue Efforts Following Prop. 86 Defeat
Although California voters failed to approve Prop. 86 during last Tuesday's elections, the Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles...

Bill Requiring Booster Seats For Kids Up to Age 8 Awaits Governor's Signature
Parents will have to strap their kids into backseat car booster seats until they are 8 years old or reach a certain height if Gov. Arnold...

Children's Health Experts Highlight Priorities on Oral Health & Nutrition
Experts on children's health, representing foundations, research institutions, universities, community-based organizations, and county departments...

Child Care Costs Are 'Breaking the Bank'
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies ranks California among the top 10 least affordable states for preschool age care...

First 5 Commissions Brief Lawmakers on Children's and Family Issues
More than 100 representatives of 21 First 5 Commissions from throughout California converged at the Capitol in Sacramento last Wednesday to brief...

Clarification on Governor's Position on Proposition 82, Preschool for All Initiative
In Monday Morning Report last week, we incorrectly stated that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supports Proposition 82, an initiative on the...
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