Policy and Advocacy


First 5 Alameda County's policy agenda supports policy and systems change that will result in sustained impact on the children we serve at a local, state, and federal level. This includes the following policy opportunities: 



Sustain and scale proven First 5 Alameda County programs that are easily accessible to families. This includes programs that:

  • Identify children with special needs early                                   
  • Provide family engagement and support 
  • Increase access to quality early care and education 


Removing Barriers for Low Income Families

  • Advocate for policy changes and enhancements that will increase utilization of the social safety net byeligible families with young children (e.g., WIC, CalWORKs, CalFresh, the summer food program,housing, child care, transportation, and the Earned Income Tax Credit).



Family Engagement and Support

  • Contribute to the creation of an Alameda County parent leadership development and implementationstructure by training and supporting parent leaders. This includes providing capacity-building andinfrastructure opportunities for parent engagement and advocacy organizations and efforts.
  • A critical component of this work is continuing to work with partners to adopt the Father FriendlyPrinciples and encourage participation in the Alameda County Fathers Corps.




First 5 Alameda County Supports Immigrant Families

The First 5 Alameda County Commission adopted a resolution affirming our commitment to stand up for young children and families whose safety and well-being are threatened by recent anti-immigration policies. All families and children should feel safe, supported, and valued by their community. We will continue to advocate for quality early education and concrete supports for young children and families, regardless of immigration status. Read the resolution here. Addititionally, for updated information and links to resources for children and families, please see our immigration resources page.


Early Learning Communities Network

First 5 Alameda County is engaging cities and unincorporated areas in Alameda County in our Early Learning Communities Network. Network participants are being guided through five sessions throughout 2019 to create an Early Learning Community Action Plan and will be eligible to apply for a competitive grant from First 5 Alameda County in 2020 to implement a portion of the plan.

If you have questions, please contact Karyn Barnes at Karyn.Barnes@first5alameda.org.


CA State Budget and Early Childhood

For the latest news about the State budget and investments in early childhood, please visit the First 5 Association budget webpage.


To learn more about our policy work, please reach out to Lisa Forti (Lisa.Forti@first5alameda.org), Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation or Ana Rasquiza (Ana.Rasquiza@first5alameda.org), Senior Administrator, Data and Policy.

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