State of Babies Yearbook 2020 California: Using Data to Inform State Infant-Toddler Policies

The State of California’s Babies
10 to 11:30 a.m. August 25, 2020

Please join First 5 partners Zero to Three, Early Childhood OC, and the First 5 Center for Children’s Policy for the State of Babies Yearbook 2020 California: Using Data to Inform State Infant-Toddler Policies.

Telling the story of babies in California is more important than ever. Learn about how you can use data to inform policy and systems change efforts; hear from national, state and local leaders who are successfully using data to make the case for babies.

Panelists include:
Kim Keating, Senior Policy Research Analyst, ZERO TO THREE
Sandy Avzaradel, Project Director, Early Childhood OC
Sarah Crow, Managing Director, First 5 Center for Children’s Policy

What: State of Babies Yearbook 2020 California
When: 9 a.m. Aug. 25, 2020
Where: Online event via Zoom
For more information, visit the State of California’s Babies.

Register here

Snapshot of California’s Babies

  • 74.1% of babies are children of color
  • 38.7% of babies live in families with low-income
  • 1.9% of young children live in rural areas

First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission Meeting to be held via Zoom at 9 a.m. August 5, 2020

Join us at 9 a.m. August 5, 2020 as the First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission meets via Zoom.

The meeting will begin with a presentation by Pritzker Fellow Hoda Shawky on the capstone project for her Fellowship, the OC Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit.

Other agenda items include the process for updating the Strategic Plan and discussion of consolidated strategies to achieve First 5 Orange County’s vision, an update on the Prenatal-to-Three systems work and approval of matching funds for a home visitation grant from First 5 California, allocation of funds to help address the immediate needs of Orange County child care providers, and proposed adoption of newly created Guidelines for Policy Positions and Engaging Leadership that will allow First 5 OC staff to support policies that improve outcomes for young children.

For a complete list of agenda items, click here.

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members of the public can listen to the live meeting by clicking here (password: 525337), or by calling the following numbers:

  • +1 669 900 9128
  • +1 346 248 7799
  • +1 253 215 8782
  • +1 646 558 8656
  • +1 301 715 8592
  • +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 817 7209 6861; Passcode: 525337

Public Comments:

The Commission is accepting public comments to be submitted by emailing them to The comments will be distributed to all of the Commissioners and read into the record. If you wish to comment on a specific agenda item, please identify the item in your email. General public comments will be addressed during the general public comment item on the agenda. In order to ensure that staff has the ability to provide comments to the Commissioners in a timely manner, please submit your comments by 12 p.m. on August 4, 2020.

Any member of the public requiring a reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact the Commission at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at or (714) 834-2206.

First 5 Orange County CEO/President to Appear on Curt Pringle & Associates Webinar

First 5 Orange County CEO/President Kim Goll will join CHOC Children’s Chief Psychologist Heather Huszti and Curt Pringle of Curt Pringle & Associates for the weekly web series Thinking About Tomorrow Today. Goll and Huszti will discuss children’s mental health and education challenges during COVID-19. 

The event is being held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

Register here: 

First 5 Orange County appoints new chair of the Children and Families Commission

Dr. Ramin Baschshi, President and CEO of UCP of Orange County, is new chair of the First 5 Orange County Children and Families Commission

First 5 Orange County has appointed Dr. Ramin Baschshi as Chair of the Children and Families Commission. Dr. Baschshi will serve a one-year term as chair.

Dr. Baschshi is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of UCP of Orange County, which is a leading nonprofit providing services to more than 5,300 children and families affected by developmental disabilities. Dr. Baschshi previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.

“Dr. Baschshi is passionate about supporting young children and ensuring they receive the resources they need to reach their full potential,” said First 5 Orange County President and Chief Executive Officer Kim Goll. “We are thrilled to continue our work together to benefit Orange County’s most vulnerable.”

The chairperson is selected by a vote of the nine Commissioners.

Dr. Baschshi was appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to the Commission in 2018 to serve in the Healthy Children and Early Intervention category. She has long worked to improve the lives of children in the Orange County area through her work as a medical doctor, hospital administrator and children’s charity leader.