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About First 5 LA

First 5 LA believes that the first five years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children.

Our organization has served as a catalyst in bringing communities together and uniting organizations, businesses, and schools to provide resources and services for families and their children.

First 5 LA appreciates the passion and dedication of our Commissioners, partners, and grantees. We wish to thank everyone who has contributed to helping improve the lives of children and families throughout Los Angeles County.

First 5 LA
Champions for Our Children

Our Mission
First 5 LA's mission is to increase the number of Los Angeles County children ages 0 to 5 who are physically and emotionally healthy, ready to learn, and safe from harm.

We were established in 1998 after California voters approved Proposition 10, an effort to fund health, safety and early education programs for children prenatal to age 5 through revenue from tax on tobacco products. A local First 5 commission was created in each of the state's 58 counties to administer Proposition 10 funds, which are allocated based on each county's birth rate.

By investing more than one billion dollars from tobacco tax revenues in the last 12 years, First 5 LA has turned a negative habit into positive programs that benefit L.A. County's youngest kids. Our five core values - families, communities, results, learning and advocacy - guide us in building public support for targeted programs that address the needs of young children and their families.

 

Our Strategy
We serve as a grantmaker, community partner, trendsetter, change agent, facilitator, founder and catalyst. First 5 LA is committed to the well-being of children in our diverse communities. The First 5 LA 2009-2015 Strategic Plan (pdf) serves as a roadmap in helping us make a positive and lasting impact on expectant parents and children ages 0 to 5.

 

How We're Accountable
Four measurable goals enable us to define the long-term outcomes we want to see for L.A. County's children. We look at facts and figures on healthy births and childhood weight, school readiness and safety to gauge the success of our efforts. We invite you to view our Change Dashboard to learn more about how children and families benefit from First 5 LA's service to the community.

Our Leadership

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First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan Highlights
For more than 15 years, First 5 LA has worked collaboratively across Los Angeles County (L.A. County) to ensure that every child enters kindergarten...

Working Together, Breaking Down Silos and Creating Change
Helen Keller, a tireless activist who committed her life to social change, may have said it best: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do...

More Public School Students are Homeless Than Ever Before
According to the latest data report from the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of homeless students enrolled in our nation’s...

First 5 LA Staff Profile: Raised to Help, Teach, Inspire and Make an Impact
“I’ve always wanted to help, to teach, to inspire, to make an impact,” said Livier “Livy” Cabezas, a First 5 LA programs...

Children: L.A.’s Greatest Investment
From the political, business and academia worlds, along with top professionals in the private and public sectors - hundreds gathered together in...

New Innovative Network Will Create Smarter Use Of Data
For the average person, the term "data linkage" may sound a bit foreign, but for those who advocate for the health and safety for our...

A message from First 5 LA Executive Director, Kim Belshé
We are pleased to share First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan for 2015-20: Focusing for the Future. Our new plan is the product of careful listening to...

Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Focusing for the Future: First 5 LA Strategic Plan 2015-2020Frequently Asked QuestionsFirst 5 LA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan serves as a...

Clearer Pathway, Exciting Opportunities, Greater Impact
Supporting and educating parents/caregivers, creating meaningful collaborations with like-minded partners and improving policies and practices in the...

Welcome Baby Implementation and Outcomes Evaluation Request for Proposal
BACKGROUND First 5 LA is seeking a contractor to design and conduct an evaluation of Welcome Baby-a locally designed, free and voluntary home...

Opening the Doors to Better Health for New Moms
When she stepped up to the podium at the Choose Health LA Moms Open House, First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé had a tale to tell...

Certain Parenting Skills and Breastfeeding Are Strengths in Best Start Communities
Parents and caregivers in Best Start communities are doing well in areas of parental stress, giving praise and breastfeeding, but could use help with...

Trash Shall Not Pass!
The temperature was already rising at 7:30 a.m., promising another scorching day in South Los Angeles. But the heat could not deter members of the...

Community Investments
Through Community Investments First 5 LA strives to increase the number of children in Los Angeles County, from prenatal through age 5, who are...

First 5 LA Response to Harvey M. Rose Special Audit
First 5 LA is always looking for ways to improve administrative procedures and operations, allowing us to better serve Los Angeles County’s...

First 5 LA and St. Francis Medical Center Celebrate “Welcome Baby” Prenatal and Infant Care Program
LOS ANGELES------- A celebration for the "Welcome Baby" program at St. Francis Medical Center, launched in 2013 through an award of nearly $...

Strategic Plan Update: Emerging Programmatic Strategies, Illustrative Activities Presented
At the Special Meeting of the Board of Commissioners on August 28, First 5 LA staff and the strategic planning consultant team Learning for Action (...

First 5 LA Receives “Pay for Success” Funding
First 5 LA and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County have received a $100,000 grant from California's Pay for Success Initiative...

A Hearty Welcome
More than 100 community leaders and elected officials gathered at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood on September 2 to celebrate Welcome Baby, a...

Harding Returns to First 5 LA
As the Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or DPH, Cynthia Harding has replaced Dr. Jonathan Fielding as a First 5...
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