Lisa Foxx Chats With Chair Of First 5 California, George Halvorson


George Halvorson was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to chair the First 5 California Children and Families Commission in May 2013. He also is the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. In this role, Halvorson is focused on putting processes, teaching materials, and learning programs and approaches in place to help people deal with issues of racism, discrimination, intergroup anger, and intergroup conflict. He currently is authoring three new books that will serve as the core teaching curriculum for the Institute.

First 5 California, funds programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years. Since 1998, they’ve supported millions of families with programs and services designed to help more California kids grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school – and in life!

The promise of First 5 California is to continue to invest in integrated programs and resources designed to benefit three target audiences: the Child, the Teacher, and the Parent. Current efforts focus on the areas of nutrition, early literacy and language development, and smoking cessation, among others.

Wherever you live in California, a First 5 county commission is there to help you. These 58 county commissions fund local service providers, health and learning programs, and resources tailored to meet the needs of your family and community.

For more info visit first5california.com