Governor Newsom to Issue Proclamation Declaring El Día de los Niños, First Partner to Lead Statewide Celebrations of Bilingual Learning and Early Childhood Education and Investment


SACRAMENTO – Marking Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s commitment to lifting up California’s children, tomorrow the Governor will issue a proclamation declaring April 30th as El Día de los Niños, “Children’s Day.” To celebrate, the First Partner will lead a statewide day of community action, recognizing and celebrating the diversity of California’s young children, 60 percent of whom live in a home where a language other than English is spoken, and promoting investments in early childhood education, health and family supports.

In partnership with the statewide network of First 5s, the First Partner will host a bilingual story time and give short remarks during “Dia on the Lawn” at the state capitol. Californians across the state can participate by streaming the story time here and picking their own bilingual books to read at school, at the library, or at home with their children.

In Los Angeles, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris will visit Locke Early Education Center for bilingual story time and a site visit. Over 100 celebrations will also occur across the state – for additional participating events, click here.

“Here in California, we know that investments in our children are investments in our future,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. “We will only achieve our vision of a California for all when we truly put children and families first.”

“Every day, we have more and more research telling us just how important experiences in childhood are for shaping lifelong health,” said Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. “California is doubling down on investing in our kids to pave the way for a healthy and productive future. Alongside community partners, the state continues to work to give our kids a healthy start.”

In the first 100 days in office, Governor Newsom and the First Partner have shown their commitment to the youngest Californians. The Governor’s first budget makes significant investments that address early childhood broadly and comprehensively by expanding California children’s access to quality education and health care, implementing a two-generation strategy that invests in parents so they can invest in their children, and easing some of the financial pressures on parents to help them achieve economic security for their children.


Who: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom

What: “Dia on the Lawn”

When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • 11:00 a.m. Bilingual story time
  • 11:20 a.m. Short remarks
  • 11:35 a.m. Tour of “Dia on the Lawn” activities

Where: California State Capitol, North Lawn, Sacramento, CA 95814.

**NOTE: Credentialed media are asked to RSVP to Hannah Milgrom at

Los Angeles

Who: California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

What: Los Angeles Día de los Niños Celebration

When: Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • 12:00 p.m. B-roll opportunity of Locke Early Education Center
  • 12:30 p.m. Media site tour with Surgeon General Dr. Burke Harris
  • 1:00 p.m. Bilingual story time and media availability

Where: Locke Early Education Center, 320 E 111th St, Los Angeles, CA 90061

**NOTE: Open to credentialed media only, media should arrive onsite by 12:00 p.m. and must RSVP to Elsy Guardado at or 310-384-9151 by Monday, April 30, 2019.

Additional Celebrations

California Libraries: This link provides a list of Día events happening at California libraries throughout April and May.

First 5 is also hosting activities throughout the state in April and May. Click through the below to find more information on these events.