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Upcoming Commission Meetings

October Public Education and Outreach Advisory Committee Meeting

October 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Various Locations
External location information may be found in the meeting agenda.
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Handouts
Commission Meeting Dates and Archives

October Commission Meeting


October 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lighthouse For Children
2405 Tulare Street, Suite 100
Fresno, CA 93721
Meeting Agenda
Meeting Handouts
Commission Meeting Dates and Archives

Commission Members

Mayra Alvarez

Mayra
Alvarez

Commission Ex Officio Members

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Ex Officio Member
Health and Human Services Agency

Policy & Advocacy

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’s 2019 Children’s Policy Agenda

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.

2019 Children’s Policy Agenda
2019-20 Legislation of Interest

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
State Legislation & Advocacy
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
Federal Legislation & Advocacy
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 Coalition’s 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
Policy Recommendations

Child Care Provider Stipend Recommendations

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.


Developing a Single-Rate System Reimbursement Structure for California

California needs a single, regionalized reimbursement rate system for child care, preschool, and early learning services that achieves the following vision:

  • Compensates all teachers and providers for the true cost of providing care by reimbursing them at rates that reflect the economic diversity of California,
  • Recognizes the costs of meeting varying quality standards and regulations, and
  • Strengthens the ability of the state’s mixed delivery system to provide quality early learning options.


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/.


Advocacy Tools

First 5 Town Hall Toolkit: Sharing the First 5 Story

First 5 California, building on the goals of our Strategic Plan, created a Town Hall Toolkit that enables First 5 county commissions to plan, create, and execute a town hall-type event designed to build public will and investment within with local and state partners within their communities.

Employment Opportunities

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