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Press Releases

First 5 California regularly issues press releases that contain official information on specific topics, including state legislation, the announcement of new F5CA programs, or calls to action on behalf of children and their families.

First 5 California Welcomes Jackie B. Majors to Commission

Sacramento – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed Jackie B. Majors, Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Stairs, Inc., to the California Children and Families Commission (First 5 California).

For more than 25 years, Ms. Majors has worked diligently, advancing quality early care and education (ECE) as an educator-businessperson.

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First 5 California Executive Director Camille Maben’s Statement on Governor’s January Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO – Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California issued this statement today on Governor Gavin Newsom’s January budget proposal:

“Today’s Budget Proposal sets a bold vision and significant down payment for California’s youngest children and their families. Paid family leave, health care, home visiting, pediatric screening, and high-quality early learning opportunities are key to Governor Newsom’s comprehensive road map on how California can create a two-generational approach to raising strong and resilient children. We applaud Governor Newsom’s leadership.”

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First 5 California Commends State Leaders for Strategic Investments in Early Childhood

Sacramento – Today First 5 California Executive Director Camille Maben thanked Governor Brown and the California Legislature, including the Legislative Women’s Caucus and legislative leadership, for prioritizing California’s youngest children and families in this year’s budget through strategic and significant one-time investments in the state’s child care and early learning system.

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Read Across America Day at Robla Preschool in Sacramento

Sacramento – On Friday, March 2, First 5 California, First 5 Sacramento, and the Sacramento Kings – celebrated Read Across America Day at Robla Preschool in Sacramento during a special one-hour, all-school assembly. The one-hour assembly included:

  • • Story time featuring a reading of “One Fish. Two Fish. Red Fish. Blue Fish.” – by Sacramento Kings Legend and NBA analyst Doug Christie
  • • Dancing, singing, and games led by First 5 California, Sacramento Kings staff, and Robla Preschool teachers
  • • Arts and crafts, and Dr. Seuss related activities with the First 5 California Express

  • Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness event that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

    Monica Fitzgerald

    Molly Munger Appointed to First 5 California Commission

    Sacramento – First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, welcomes Molly Munger, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Advancement Project, as the newest member of the Commission. Ms. Munger was appointed to the Commission by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. She previously served a term as First 5 Commissioner from 2007 to 2011.

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    Monica Fitzgerald

    Monica Fitzgerald Appointed to First 5 California

    Sacramento – First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, welcomes Monica Fitzgerald, associate professor of women's history, civic-learning, and democratic engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC).

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    Upcoming Events

    Hilton Irvine

    April Commission Meeting

    Hilton Irvine Orange County Airport
    18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612

    Commission Meeting Handouts

    Summit Meeting

    2020 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit

    Hotel Irvine
    17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92614
    (888) 230-4452

    More details coming soon.

    Hands On Health

    First 5 Express

    The First 5 Express is a bilingual children’s activity center that travels across California to inspire families to understand the importance of a child’s earliest years and the positive impact they can have on brain development through talking, reading, and singing.

    First 5 Express Schedule

    First 5 California FOCUS Newsletter

    Designed as an internal newsletter, the First 5 California FOCUS has been a regular item, published digitally and produced wholly in-house, on a quarterly basis since 2015. The FOCUS delivers updates on ongoing F5CA projects, Commission meetings, ongoing issues, county-focused items, legislative and budgetary updates, along with programmatic and research-based topics.

    March 2019 FOCUS

    March 2019

    First 5 California FOCUS
    October 2018 FOCUS

    October 2018

    First 5 California FOCUS
    May 2018 FOCUS

    May 2018

    First 5 California FOCUS
    February 2018 FOCUS

    February 2018

    First 5 California FOCUS
    August 2017 FOCUS

    November 2017

    First 5 California FOCUS
    August 2017 FOCUS

    August 2017

    First 5 California FOCUS

    Social Media

    First 5 California maintains a robust Parent Information Website, http://www.first5california.com/, a Twitter feed, and a Facebook page, which provides families with children, ages 0 to 5, multiple resources, fund activities, and other supports.

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