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Proposed Change to “Public Charge” Policy Hurts Kids, Say Leading California Early Childhood Advocates
First 5s, Created to Help Kids, Call for Policy to Remain Unchanged, Urge Administration and Lawmakers to Work Collaboratively to Create Long-lasting...

Bordering on Inhumanity: Trump’s Policy of Forcibly Separating Migrant Families Deliberately Causing Trauma to Children
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LAIn recent weeks, the Trump administration’s new border crossing policy has separated more...

Progress Made for California’s Children and Families in State Budget
Stage Set for Future Leaders to Deepen Commitment to Investments in Home Visiting, Early Care & Education LOS ANGELES – Today, the...

Parents and Communities Create New Local Leadership for First 5 LA Place-based Effort
New, Regional Structure of Best Start Communities Intended to Help Amplify Voices for Young KidsLOS ANGELES – Acting on broad...

First 5 LA Applauds Governor Brown For Prioritizing California’s Youngest Children and Families in Proposed Budget
LOS ANGELES – Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for FY 2018-19 takes a significant step forward in prioritizing children from birth...

Report Names Lasting, Traumatic Effects of Homelessness on Young Children in L.A. County, First 5 LA Calls for Trauma-informed Approach to Help Kids
Lower Academic Scores, Poorer Health Among Homeless Children Prompts Leading Children’s Advocate to Recommend a Trauma-Informed Approach to Help...

First 5 LA Invests In Key Early Care and Education Policy and Advocacy Partnerships
Download this press release »Five-Year, $15 Million Investment Will Strengthen Existing Policy and Advocacy Efforts to Expand and Improve Early...

First 5 LA Addresses Impact of Immigration Fears on Young Children
Download this press release »First 5 LA Pledges to Work with Organizations to Help Parents Understand their Rights to Receive Services for Their...

Sing and Dance This Summer with First 5 LA Sponsored Family Events
Download this press release as a PDF»Downtown L.A., Hollywood & Pasadena Concerts Promote Early Learning Through Music and MovementLOS...

Legislature Makes Important Strides for Young Children and Sends State Budget to Governor for Signature
Download this press release as a PDF»Budget Updates Child Care Eligibility and Funding, Building Foundation for Necessary Investments Ahead LOS...

First 5 LA Budget Prioritizes Systems Change to Benefit L.A. County Kids and Families
Download this press release as a PDF»LOS ANGELES – Recognizing the challenges facing Los Angeles County’s 625,000 kids aged 0-5 are...

Brown's Revised Budget Restores Promised Early Care and Education Funding, But More Work To Do
First 5 LA to Work with Governor, Legislature, Advocates and Parents to Help Make California a Place Where Young Children Can ThriveLOS ANGELES &ndash...

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...

First 5 LA Promotes Importance of Early Learning Opportunities for Kids and Families at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
First 5 LA Will Highlight Importance of Talking, Reading and Singing to Children, and Offer Breastfeeding and Diaper Changing Stations On-site for...

National “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” Campaign Comes to L.A. County
Campaign Will Promote Importance of Early Language and Brain Development to New ParentsLOS ANGELES – Celebrating National Reading Month, First 5...

Report: Parents Struggle with Cost, Shortage of Early Care and Education Opportunities
L.A. County Child Care Planning Committee Calls for State, Federal Investments to Address Persistent Gaps in Quality and Access to Subsidized Care...

Proposed Federal Budget Cuts Programs that Help Our County’s Children Thrive
First 5 LA Concerned Kids Could Face Waves of Setbacks in State & Federal Investments in Young ChildrenLOS ANGELES – Children’s health...

First 5 LA and Abriendo Puertas Launch New Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Early Care and Education for Latino Families in L.A. County
LOS ANGELES-- Today, First 5 LA launched a new strategic partnership with Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, an evidence-based program that supports...

Brown Administration Misses Opportunity to Make Needed Investments in Early Care and Education
Governor Delays Promised Investments in Young Children, Stalling Future Economic Growth LOS ANGELES – Despite continued growth in revenues...

First 5 LA Names John Wagner as Executive Vice President
Wagner to Lead First 5 LA’s Efforts to Help Integrate and Coordinate County Services to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their...
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