First 5 Fresno County recognizes the power in advocating for policies that improve the lives of children and their families. Until children are healthier, early care and education systems are meeting our children's needs, and families are stronger, we will keep working to improve the "systems" in place to serve our children.
Our Public Policy Platform covers a wide spectrum of issues that impact children 0-5, but here are a few of the key projects we are currently working on:
- BFF (Breastfeeding Friendly) Campaign
As part of our emphasis on nutrition, First 5 Fresno County is engaged in promoting breastfeeding as the healthiest choice for mothers and babies. Our goal is to increase the percentage of women that exclusively breastfeed their infants, increase the duration of breastfeeding, and help make our community more accepting and supportive of breastfeeding mothers.
- Child Friendly Business (CFB) Campaign
First 5 Fresno County honors local businesses that support their parent employees balance the demands of home and work life. The CFB campaign is intended to encourage and challenge businesses to incorporate child-friendly policies and practices as well as educate parent employees about their rights in the workplace.
- Quality Improvement Institute
Check back at a later date to learn more about our Accreditation Institute and Facilitation Program.
Did you know "bad" childcare is actually harmful for kids? Research shows children placed in a childcare setting that does not promote opportunities for brain growth can actually put some children at a risk for not being able to reach their full potential! At First 5 Fresno County we work with child care providers to increase and maintain the quality of care because we believe children deserve the best early learning experiences in order to grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school.
- Family Strengthening Advocacy and Leadership Initiative
Through the Family Strengthening Advocacy and Leadership Initiative, First 5 Fresno County is working to provide underserved, low-income communities with the skills to advocate for their children, families, and communities. The initiative brings together four unique populations in Fresno County and First 5 serves as a catalyst for them to generate solutions and take action.
What can you do to advocate for children?
- Join an e-newsletter list to stay up to date with the latest information on how you can take a stand for children’s issues:
- Call or send an email to your state legislator