Policy, Advocacy & Communication


We spread the word.

90% of brain growth occurs during the first 5 years of a child's life. We advocate for policies and programs that promote the health and well-being of children during these most critical years of development.  


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 well-being are threatened by recent anti-immigration policies. Since the Executive Order on Immigration, families have been less likely to enroll in entitlement programs which has had devastating effects on family stability. 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.

First 5 Alameda County joins other Bay Area cities, local governments, community based partner organizations and school districts to support vulnerable families and young children. We wholeheartedly oppose immigration policies that separate families and perpetuate prejudice. As part of a strong, coordinated effort to protect families affected by recent immigration protocols, we will work to train service providers on immigration resources, support sanctuary city and safe haven policies throughout the county, and educate the early childhood community on how best to support all of our kids.

We invite you to learn more about our efforts and read the First 5 Alameda County 

Read the Resolution here (pdf).