Dr. Mark Ghaly, Ex Officio Member
Health and Human Services Agency
First 5 California advocates directly to state and federal policy makers for the strong start all children deserve, with an emphasis on children prenatal through age 5 and their families, to optimize early childhood development and reduce childhood poverty. F5CA’s Strategic Plan and authority granted under Proposition 10 require First 5 California to be a policy leader and partner in order to bring innovation in children’s policy to scale throughout California.
First 5 California’s state and federal policy work is guided by its Children’s Policy Agenda and the latest in research and innovations by its First 5 partners.
In this section you will find First 5 California’s Children’s Policy Agenda, Legislation of Interest, State Legislation & Advocacy materials, Federal Legislation & Advocacy materials, Policy Recommendations including the Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8 report, Child Care Provider Stipend Recommendations, and Developing a Single-Rate System Reimbursement Structure for California white paper, and Advocacy Tools including the First 5 Town Hall Toolkit and sample letters of support.
First 5 California annually adopts a Children’s Policy Agenda to guide and prioritize all Commission state and federal legislative and regulatory advocacy, aligned to our three Strategic Plan areas.
|2020-21 Children’s Policy Agenda|
First 5 California takes active positions on prioritized state and federal legislation and policy implementation to achieve the goals of our Children’s Policy Agenda.
|2019-20 Legislative Bills of Interest|
|2019-20 ECE Coalition Budget Letter|
|2019-20 Joint Budget Letter on Paid Family Leave Outreach|
|First 5 Blue Ribbon Commmission Letter on Draft Report Recommendations|
|Senate Budget Request to Fund Improved Child Care Family Eligibility Policies|
|Assembly Budget Request to Fund Improved Child Care Family Eligibility Policies|
|First 5 Blue Ribbon Commission Principles Letter|
|Joint Organization Letter on FY 2019-21 CCDF State Plan|
|Joint First 5 Letter on FY 2019-21 CCDF State Plan|
|2018 Joint Organization Letter to Senate on Repealing Licensing for School Based Preschools|
|2018 First 5 Letter to Senate on Repealing Licensing for School Based Preschools|
|2018-19 Senate Budget Request to Increase Access to Infant & Toddler Care|
|2018-19 Assembly Budget Request to Increase Access to Infant & Toddler Care|
|2018-19 ECE Coalition Budget Letter|
|First 5 Blue Ribbon Commission Letter for Summer 2018 Commission Hearing|
|First 5 Blue Ribbon Commission Letter on Consumer Education Database for Summer 2018 Commission Hearing|
|First 5 California Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Housing Subsidies for Mixed Status Immigrant Families|
|First 5 California Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Consumer Inflation Measures Produced by Federal Statistical Agencies|
|First 5 California Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds|
|Joint States' Statement on Higher Education Act Reauthorization|
|Early Childhood Organizations' Joint Letter Regarding Higher Education Act Reauthorization Recommendations|
|Joint States' Advocacy Letter for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act|
|Joint States’ Advocacy Letter for Increased Federal Investment in Early Learning Programs|
|Ounce of Prevention Fund Coalitions Proposed ESSA Regulations Letter|
|First 5 California and Advocacy Partners Joint Proposed ESSA Regulations Letter|
|Early Childhood and K–12 Education Organizations' July ESSA State Plan Letter to the State Board of Education|
|Early Childhood and K–12 Education Organizations' May ESSA State Plan Letter to the State Board of Education|
As the state looks to provide more high-quality early learning opportunities for its young children, the pivotal role of a qualified, professional workforce is amplified. California must create and enhance a coordinated system of support around the ECE workforce. The AB 212 program is an important piece of that system and policies and practices around AB 212 must evolve in order to achieve a comprehensive and equitable system of support. The evolution of AB 212 and the principles and recommendations that follow have been envisioned within a context of expanded investment in both AB 212 and other ECE workforce support across all provider types.
California needs a single, regionalized reimbursement rate system for child care, preschool, and early learning services that achieves the following vision:
First 5 California supports the development of short and long term state policy recommendations, in partnership with other organizations, in order to achieve the goals of our Children’s Policy Agenda. First 5 California is a partner in a statewide systems change effort based on recommendations from the Institutes of Medicine and National Research Council’s report: Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation.
For more information, visit http://twb8-ca.net/.