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Personal Best: Brenda Aguilera Gives Back to Community Where She Was Raised
Return: the act of going back to an earlier state, of giving or putting something back.It is this definition that drives Brenda Aguilera, Best Start...

Rising From the Ashes
Fifty years ago this month, a 12-year-old boy looked outside his window at a night sky that was not black and filled with stars, but painted red and...

From Kickstands to Kick-starting Future Academic Achievement
On a Sunday afternoon, the sound of bicycle bells and children’s laughter cut through the sultry summer air. Parents and grandparents smiled...

Lawmakers for Children: Q & A with State Senator Ricardo Lara
Born and raised a local Angeleno and the son of a seamstress and factory worker, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has been at...

Personal Best: Profiles of People Putting Their Best Foot Forward for Young Children and Families in Los Angeles County
Meet Romalis Taylor, a fitting choice for our inaugural “Personal Best” article – a series that highlights those outside of First 5...

Families Come Together for Panorama City Playground Kickoff
Summer just got a lot cooler for young children in Panorama City and surrounding communities. No, the temperature isn’t going down. Instead...

Moms Find Their Voice in a Writing Workshop in South Los Angeles
First 5 LA would like to congratulate the Best Start Metro LA writing workgroup for today's feature in Hoy Los Angeles, the LA Times' Spanish...

Building Stronger Communities: How First 5 LA’s Best Start Program Continues to Grow and Thrive
In 14 communities throughout Los Angeles County, First 5 LA’s Best Start program brings together parents and caregivers, residents...

Best Start Kicks Off Seasonal Celebration with “Summer Fest”
Summer may not have “officially” begun until June 21, but that didn’t stop the Best Start Northeast Valley Community Partnership...

How Helping One Person Helps Us All
Amidst the sweet aroma of pan dulce, Leticia Ortiz was busily working at her job at Panaderia Celaya in central Los Angeles one day when she saw a...

Honoring Early Childhood Educators in Los Angeles County
Teachers made a difference in her life. Now she is working to do the same for the young children in her classroom. Living as a child in El Salvador...

“Baby Shower” Provides Moms with Networking, Resource Opportunities
A few rain clouds didn’t keep more than 100 enthusiastic young moms away from attending “A Healthy Start” baby shower on a recent...

The Healing Fields
For Sithary Ly, living in Long Beach over the last 17 years with her husband, Bovannak, life has been a constant stream of adjusting to a world much...

Keeping Her Eye on the Ball
“Know where to throw the ball before you catch it,” was an early lesson Leanne Negron – a First 5 LA Senior Program Officer in the...

Helping Families to Their Best Start
Like some other parents, Iris Galicia, a mother of two who lives in West Athens, faces some challenges related to how to best raise her young children...

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...
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