On April 30, 2019, First 5 representatives from 41 counties assembled in Sacramento to advocate for young children and their families.  

First 5 leaders held more than 100 meetings with members of the Assembly and Senate. During those meetings, First 5 shared its accomplishments from the past two decades and advocated for funding that will have a direct impact on children prenatal to 5, including quality child caredevelopmental screening, and paid family leave, all of which are currently under consideration by Legislature. 

To kick off the day’s events, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom delivered remarks from the steps of the State Capitol. “In California, we know that investing in our kids means investing in our future, and that means beginning at the beginning,” said Newsom. “Together, let’s ensure that little California kids can achieve big California dreams!”  

With the help of Newsom, First 5 also held a fun-filled morning of activities for families, complete with bilingual story time and a Día de los Niños celebration on the North Lawn.  

The annual pilgrimage of First 5 to the State Capitol is instrumental to ensuring the voice of our youngest residents and their families is heard by our elected representatives.