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May 16, 2016, 10:20 ET Governor Brown Proposes No Funding Increases for Quality Early Childhood Education Programs and Services

Despite strong public support for increased investments in early education and care programs, Governor Jerry Brown's May Revision to the FY 2016-17...


Apr 19, 2016, 08:29 ET First 5 LA Announces 2016 Legislative Agenda

As part of its mission to ensure that young children in Los Angeles County get the best start in life, First 5 LA today announced its 2016 State...


Apr 08, 2016, 12:16 ET First 5 LA Names Christina Altmayer as Vice President of Programs and Carl Gayden as Senior Director of Administration

First 5 LA, a leading public grantmaking and child advocacy organization, today named Christina Altmayer as Vice President of Programs and Carl...


Apr 02, 2015, 09:04 ET First 5 LA Names Peter Barth as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs

Peter Barth has been selected as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at First 5 LA. As the senior policy and intergovernmental affairs...


Mar 27, 2015, 09:04 ET First 5 LA Names Gabriel Sanchez as Director of Communications and Marketing

Southern California native Gabriel Sanchez has been selected as Director of Communications and Marketing at First 5 LA. This position was previously...


Jul 22, 2014, 05:00 ET Early Learning Advocates Respond to the First Five Years Fund poll that Points to Strong Bipartisan Support for High Quality Early Education

Results from the First Five Years poll, which surveyed 800 registered voters across the political spectrum, found that 71 percent of respondents...


Jan 17, 2014, 02:00 ET Statement From First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshe on the President's Signing of 2014 Omnibus Bill

"The Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus spending bill, signed today by President Obama, expands funding for early childhood education programs and takes an...


Jan 07, 2014, 06:01 ET Statement from First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshe Regarding Steinberg "Transitional Kindergarten for All" Proposal to Expand Access to Early Education in California

"We commend Senator Steinberg and his colleagues for continuing to strongly support high quality early education and welcome state leadership to...


Nov 15, 2013, 02:31 ET First 5 LA Commission Funds Implementation of Best Start in 14 Communities and Approves over $7 Million for Black Infant Health Program

In a unanimous vote, the First 5 LA Commission allocated up to $4.9 million in funds to begin implementing the Building Stronger Families Framework...


Nov 14, 2013, 08:13 ET Local Public Officials and Childhood Advocates Endorse Introduction of President's Pre-School For All Plan

First 5 LA, Los Angeles County Supervisor and First 5 LA Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. John...


Apr 10, 2013, 01:18 ET In Response To President Obama's Budget Proposal Statement From First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshe

We commend President Obama for recognizing the value of preschool for young children and welcome federal leadership and resources to expand quality...


Feb 14, 2013, 07:00 ET First 5 LA lanza una campaña para informar a los padres sobre la importancia del cuidado infantil y educación temprana de calidad

El 90% del cerebro de un niño se desarrolla en los primeros 5 años; estos primeros años de vida son esenciales para el desarrollo de la forma en que...


Feb 13, 2013, 07:09 ET First 5 LA Launches Campaign To Inform Parents On Importance Of Quality Early Care And Education

Ninety percent of a child's brain develops by age 5; these early years are critical to the development of how a child thinks, feels, acts, and...


Dec 05, 2012, 07:26 ET Newly Elected California Congressional Delegation Members Take A Stand For Children

Ten newly elected members of the California Congressional Delegation urged their colleagues to protect funding for programs that impact the lives of...