Policy and Advocacy


First 5 Alameda County's Policy Agenda and Data for Action Guide support policy and systems change that will result in sustained impact for 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.




Interview with Congressman Eric Swalwell




CA State Budget and Early Childhood


Local Policy Advocacy

Alameda County Early Care and Education CalWORKs Apprenticeship

Advancing Care Coordination with the Pediatric Care Management System in Alameda County

How Parks and Green Space Support School Readiness: San Antonio Family Resource Center Park infographic

Child and Family Data for Action- Alameda County District Profiles

American Families Plan Summary (May 2021)

Help a Mother Out's Diaper Programs Interim Evaluation Brief: Alameda County (May 2021)

American Rescue Plan Local Funding Policy Recommendations (April 2021)



Advocacy Letters

Sent to Alameda County's federal delegation
Sent to Census 2020 Data Products Team
Sent to Alameda County's federal delegation
Sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Health and Human Services
Sent to Alameda County's federal delegation


First 5 Alameda County Resolutions

Resolution on Equity and Justice (June 18, 2020)

In response to repeated instances of racism and violence against African Americans and other people of color, longstanding inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing threat to the health and well-being of families in Alameda County, the First 5 Alameda County Commission unanimously passed a resolution reinforcing First 5's mission, practices, and policy priorities to address inequity and child poverty, in particular for African American children and families, and prioritizing equity and anti-racist work.

Resolution Opposing Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy (June 21, 2018)

In response to zero-tolerance policies separating children from their parents and guardians or holding them in detention centers for an undisclosed amount of time, the First 5 Alameda County Commission unanimously passed a resolution refuting policies that threaten, separate, and detain families and committing to work with our partners to keep our communities secure.

Resolution on Immigration (April 20, 2017)

In response to Executive Orders from the President of the United States and an uptick in inhumane deportation practices, the First 5 Alameda County Commission unanimously passed a resolution refuting policies that threaten and separate families and committing to work with our partners to keep our communities secure.


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.




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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Download our 2021 Policy Agenda