First 5 Seeks New CEO

As some of you may know, Janis Burger, our CEO and founding partner, will be retiring as CEO in January 2018. This position is now open for applicants.

As a leader in early childhood, First 5 Alameda County is seeking an applicant with a clear vision for early childhood as well as strong leadership, policy and fund development skills, to lead the organization into 2018 and beyond. It is an exciting time for early childhood with many opportunities for growth and to take the field to the next level.  We are seeking a proven and inspiring leader with a strategic mindset who can continue and expand on our great work in Alameda.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, please send a detailed cover letter along with resume using the link below.


Cultivating Champions for Children in the State’s Highest Office

California Leaders for Children is a two year initiative focused on making children a policy priority by targeting the next Governor of California. Funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the campaign elevates early childhood as a signature issue in the 2018 California gubernatorial race.

Decades of research prove that investments in policies like paid family leave, universal high-quality preschool, and comprehensive health screenings can break the cycle of poverty. Since 2008, Jerry Brown and his administration have cut early childhood programs by $1.3 billion and undermined even modest attempts to address early childhood challenges. The California Leaders for Children initiative will ensure that the state’s next governor fully understands the positive educational and economic benefits of early childhood investments and knows the value that voters place on early childhood investments.

First 5 is thrilled to see such promising steps toward helping our state leadership understand early childhood and the evidence based policies that can make measurable change in California. We’ll keep the early childhood community posted as this initiative develops and are hopeful about the future.


Give Alameda County Behavioral Care Health Services Your 2 Cents!


Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) is collecting input for the FY17-20 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan. Through the end of September, ACBHCS is surveying the community on their needs in mental health services in three different ways:


  • MHSA Community Input Meetings listed here and RSVP here. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation services are available at meetings in Berkeley, Oakland and Hayward. If interpretation is needed in other languages, it can be requested on the Eventbrite RSVP.
  • Community Based organization hosted focus groups
  • MHSA Community Input Survey

We encourage our partners and early childhood stakeholders to weigh in on mental health services in Alameda County. Make sure to highlight how this program positively impacts young children and families in the county.