125,000 Frequent Smiles: First 5 LA’s Health Systems Department held the final meeting for the Children’s Dental Health Care Project, a partnership between UCLA, USC and Western University aimed at increasing the capacity of community oral health clinics to provide dental care for underserved children and pregnant women. The project, which started with $38 million from First 5 LA in 2013, set the goal of serving 95,000 children ages 0–5 throughout the life of the grant, but exceeded that number by 30,000! Congratulations to the Health Systems Team for shepherding this successful project!
Leading With Learning: At the Young Child Expo & Conference held January 17–19 at The Omni Los Angeles Hotel, First 5 LA Family Supports program officers Christine Tran and Jocelyn Ramirez (above) held a workshop entitled “Promoting Family Engagement and Improving Systems,” where they shared examples of First 5 LA’s partnerships focused on family engagement efforts in diverse settings, such as schools, health care clinics and community-based organizations. First 5 LA was a primary sponsor of the event, which welcomed a cross section of professionals from across the West Coast.
Have a Care for Child Care: First 5 LA’s Vice President of Policy and Strategy Kim Pattillo Brownson, along with colleagues from the Public Policy and Government Affairs Department, joined Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on January 19 for a visit to a Downey child care center. The assemblymember talked with child care providers and toured the facility. Other partners at the visit included representatives from Child360 (formerly LAUP), the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation and the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles.
Keeping an Ear Out for Kids: Local media outlets KPCC and ABC 7 partnered with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’s Empowerment Congress on January 13 to host the first major debate between the six major candidates for the powerful role of California’s next governor. Community Relations Managers Fabiola Montiel (above, right) and Leanne Negron (above, left) attended the Town Hall, listening in to see if young children were a topic in the debate. Fabiola tweeted about the event – click here to view her feed.
Talking Budget: First 5 LA’s Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs Peter Barth (with microphone, above) joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Development Council on January 12 to discuss Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2018–19, which was applauded by First 5 LA for prioritizing young children and their families. The California Budget and Policy Center led the discussion, focusing on education.
Among the Stars: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few days early, the Martin Luther King Community Health Foundation held their 5th Annual Sharing the Dream luncheon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 12. Serving as the event’s Master of Ceremonies was Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Anderson, known for his role in the popular sitcom black-ish (pictured above with First 5 LA Communities Program Officer Brandi Sims). Event honorees included CBS News Anchor Pat Harvey and This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson. The star-studded event welcomed high-level professionals from across the county, including several First 5 LA staff members. First 5 LA was a primary sponsor of the event.