Policy Advocacy

First 5 Contra Costa focuses on systems change to achieve lasting social change.

First 5 Contra Costa works to advance local, state and federal policies that foster more integrated systems that proactively support the wellbeing of young children and their families. We aim to increase equity using a Targeted Universalism approach, where we set bold goals to improve outcomes for all children and families, while focusing on targeted strategies to improve opportunities and outcomes for those most impacted by racial inequity.

Below are our three overarching policy priorities:

  • Expand access to affordable, quality early childhood education with a stable and prepared workforce.
  • Improve systems to promote the healthy development of young children and their families, with a focus on mental health, trauma-informed approaches, and developmental concerns.
  • Strengthen families’ well-being and resiliency to support the optimal development of their children.