Did you think you’d ever see a children’s agency in the 21st century give out thousands of toys containing lead contamination, by their own admission, at levels over 3 times the federal limit? Well that’s the case, as Contra Costa First 5 admitted to doing just that.
Ever see an official press release or newspaper story about this dangerous health crisis there in Contra Costa so that the average citizen would be informed and able to protect their children? We could not find a single one.
But there’s even more to find alarming about the First 5 commissions, as here are some ways they have very recently spent funds around the rest of the state:
- $1.3 million for “breastfeeding assistance”
- $100,000 per construction grant to build private child care centers
- $40,000 grants to pay people to drive around and give away used baby clothes
- Grants for classes such as “Learning the ropes of Kindergarten recess”
For more information on how First 5 Commissions have been spending funds in ways we feel voters did not intend, please visit www.flopped5.org