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First 5 LA works with members of our many diverse communities to address various issues that can impact a child's upbringing. From our Best Start Communities throughout LA County to Workforce Development and Systems Improvement, we are working to help all members of our communities be Champions for Our Children.

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VISTA Program is a Great Success in Communities it Serves
As a Best Start “Volunteer In Service To America” (VISTA) Program member, Jonathan Diaz takes pride in his work within the East Los...

First 5 LA-Funded Hospitals Recognized for Reaching Baby-Friendly Status
Five First 5 LA-funded hospitals were recently recognized for achieving Baby-Friendly designation at the state’s premiere breastfeeding summit...

Where Best Start Works
Low birth weight. Low-performing schools. Poverty.When Best Start expanded beyond Metro LA in 2009, these were among the risk factors for young...

Best Start: How We Work
From engaging in “Learning by Doing” to organizing local resource fairs, and hosting health insurance forums to improving communication of...

Best Start – Stories of What We Do
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip PullmanPeople...

What is Best Start and Why is it Important?
In this Editorial, Best Start Communities Director Rafael González, Says The Effort Is All About Empowering People to Create Positive...

What Best Start Means to Me
When First 5 LA launched its Best Start pilot effort in 2008, the goal was to encourage parents, community-based organizations, local businesses and...

Coming “Full Circle”
Rafael González’s current role as director of First 5 LA’s Best Start Communities has brought him back full circle to the single...

Best Start Communities Learning By Doing Implementation Moves Forward
In a milestone step forward for Best Start Communities, First 5 LA's Commission recently allocated $413,033 for the City of Long Beach to work in...

Best Start Representatives Join Community Leaders at Empowerment Congress
Best Start program officers and partnership members recently joined civic leaders, educators and community members at the 23rd Annual Empowerment...

“Baby University” Provides Invaluable Tips for Best Start Northeast Valley Parents
EN ESPAÑOL »Thanks to a strong and productive partnership between First 5 LA’s Best Start Northeast Valley Community and Pacoima...

Best Start “Ready for Kinder” Workbook Transcends Borders
Sometimes a small, local project can make a big difference, even across borders.As a stay-at-home mother of two young girls and an active leader in...

A Day of Thanks in December
EN ESPAÑOl »On a sunny, bright Saturday afternoon in December, leaders from the 14 Best Start communities were honored at La Plaza de...

Mayor Opens Door for Best Start Palmdale
Best Start Palmdale had a special acknowledgement when Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford attended its monthly partnership meeting recently and spoke...

First Public Event for Lake Los Angeles Family Group a Huge Success
Written by Shirley Harriman for the Lake Los Angeles Family Group Newsletter.Last month, the patio and gymnasium of Twin Lakes Community Church was...

Covered California Open Enrollment Has Started
First 5 LA wants to make sure that uninsured children; families; and school, early-learning, and after-school staff get covered. But we need your help...

Best Start Compton-East Compton - Partnership Meeting Materials
Meeting AgendasJanuary 31, 2013 Agenda September 6, 2011 AgendaAugust 4, 2011 AgendaJuly 21, 2011 AgendaJune 7, 2011 AgendaApril 19, 2011 AgendaApril...

Even as Statewide Numbers Drop, Substantiated L.A. County Child Abuse/Neglect Rates Rise
While substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in California dropped 28 percent between 1999 and 2013, the number of such cases among children...

Cost of Raising a Child Nearly a Quarter of a Million Dollars
From food and shelter to child care, transportation to health care, there's no doubt that the necessities of life can come at a high price. In...

More Than Half of California Children Affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences
New research on adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, reveals that 57 percent of children in California have had such experiences, with economic...
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