Policy, Advocacy & Communication


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Nobel Prize winner James Heckman on the importance of early care and education

At a time of shrinking public and private resources, advocating for policies and programs that promote the health and well-being of children during their most critical years of development is a major part of what we do. Current research shows that the early years (ages 0-5) are the most important for children's development, with over 90% of brain growth occurring during this period.


Increasing Awareness

Promoting Public Policy

Linking Systems of Care


First 5 Commission Adopts Resolution to Support All Families, Regardless of Immigration Status.

On April 20th, 2017 the First 5 Alameda County Commission adopted a resolution affirming our commitment to stand up for young children and families whose safety and wellbeing are threatened by recent anti-immigration policies. We see firsthand the devastating effects these recent federal immigration measures have on family stability, such as families becoming less likely to enroll in the entitlement programs they need to provide for their families. We envision and work to create an Alameda County where all families and children feel safe, supported, and valued by their community. First 5 Alameda County embraces our diverse community and remains dedicated to providing quality early childhood education and concrete supports to young children and families, regardless of immigration status.

First 5 Alameda County joins additional Bay Area cities, local governments, community based partner organizations and school districts in supporting vulnerable families with young children and wholeheartedly opposes immigration policies that separate families and perpetuate prejudice. First 5 Alameda County is part of a strong, united effort to protect and advocate for families affected by recent immigration protocols and will work to train service providers on immigration resources, support sanctuary city and safe haven policies throughout the county, educate the early childhood community on immigration concerns, promote equitable programs and policies, and advocate for just immigration policies. 

Read the Resolution here (pdf).