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February 2017

Dear Partnership Members and Friends,

Thank you for joining us on January 27 for our first quarterly meeting of the year. We hope the panel on Upstream Investing provided useful insight on some of the innovative ways in which local leaders and school systems across the K-16 spectrum are investing in early learning for better long term educational, health and economic outcomes.
The Q&A portion following the panel also sparked a vibrant discussion on how all of us, together, can make the early years a cornerstone of local and state investment.
Following both the panel and large group discussion, we drew three important takeaways from the meeting:
  1. We need to harness local, bottom-up momentum to broaden public and political will for sustained investment in the early years. From Santa Monica to LAUSD, Pomona and others like Long Beach and Pasadena, there is a growing groundswell of local jurisdictions making significant investments in the early years as a key strategy toward reaching their academic, social and economic outcome goals.
  2. Communication is essential. Specifically, understanding key messages that move voters and decision-makers from supporters to early learning champions. We can look to both the Santa Monica and Pomona stories as case studies.
  3. The strength of our diversity should not be understated or undersold. As funders, public servants, business leaders, decision-makers, advocates and practitioners, we have a strong foundation of local bright spots and proof points upon which to build.
We hope you will join us in the days and weeks ahead as we continue to build strong alliances across the philanthropic community and public sector to advance our collective vision of making the early years one of the state’s seminal upstream investments.
Thank you.

Parker, Kaci, Steve, and Mary
2017 Quarterly Partnership Meetings - Save the Dates
  • Wednesday, April 19 at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tuesday, July 25 at the California Community Foundation
  • Wednesday, October 25 at the California Community Foundation
Upcoming Events of Interest

February 9th (9am-5pm): You’re invited to attend the Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank, an annual convening of leading neuroscientists from around the world who present to—and engage with—a select group of 500 stakeholders who can directly impact policy and practice in early child development. Click here to RSVP.

February 10th (10am-11:30am): The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Education and Workforce Development Council meeting at the Chamber offices in Downtown LA. This month, the Council is honored to have newly appointed California Senate Education Committee Chairman Ben Allen and First 5 LA policy and strategy vice president, Kim Pattillo Brownson, to discuss cradle-to-career education and share their visions for the year ahead. Please contact Kaci Patterson ( if you are interested in attending.
Early Childhood in the News

California must recognize importance of early education and make it a priority (Kim Belshé and Moira Kenney), The Sacramento Bee, January 30, 2017

Rendon Launches Speaker’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education, Office of Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly, February 1, 2017

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down (Eric Westervelt), NPR, December 12, 2016
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