Michael Wilkening, 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, 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.
|2018 Children’s Policy Agenda|
|2017-18 Legislative Bills of Interest|
|October 2017 State & Federal Legislative Update|
|2017-18 Child Care Advocates' California State Budget Letter|
|2017-18 Governor's Budget Trailer Bill and Title 22 Proposal Response Letter|
|2017-18 Early Care & Education Consortia Budget Letter to Legislature|
|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|
|2017 First 5 Letter on Repealing Licensing for School Based Preschools|
|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|
|Joint States' Statement on Higher Education Act Reauthorization|
|Early Childhood Organizations' Joint Letter Regarding Higher Education Act Reauthorization Recommendations|
|Early Childhood and K-12 Education Organizations' July 2017 ESSA State Plan Letter to the State Board of Education|
|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|
|First 5 California and Advocacy Partners' Joint Federal FY 2017 Appropriations Letter|
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/.