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Countywide Systems Improvement

Through Countywide Systems Improvement Investments, First 5 LA is working to improve systems by supporting and enhancing the direct services funded through other investments. These include efforts to build the organizational capacity of nonprofits and community-based organizations serving children through age 5 and their families, to leverage additional funds beyond First 5 LA's direct investments, to educate the public about important issues related to young children and to improve the broader policy environment.

  • Community Investments
    Community Investment's role is to leverage fiscal and non-fiscal resources to maximize First 5 LA's investments through grantmaking, relationship building and information sharing activities.
  • Community Opportunities Fund
    Community Opportunities Fund (COF) is designed to be responsive to the needs and creative ideas of organizations serving children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families by funding organizational capacity building and policy and advocacy activities.
  • Policy Advocacy Fund
    The Policy-Advocacy Fund (PAF) is designed to support a variety of strategies in the policy and advocacy arena that support the First 5 LA Policy Agenda.
  • 211 LA County
    This information and referral service provides comprehensive warm line services for expectant parents and parents of children newborn through 5 years throughout Los Angeles County.

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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...

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...

A Cool Idea
The photo says it all.Smiling from ear to ear, a boy in a wheelchair is doused with cool water on a hot day with other joyful children on the new...

A Day For Play
Claudia Villanueva's son, Edward, had a problem. The kindergartener would not play with the other children during recess at Western Elementary...

A Game Changer for Nursing Moms
Brilliant. A blessing. A life saver.Those were just a few of the words used to describe First 5 LA's nursing/diaper changing station at the Los...

A (Market) Match Made in Heaven
As First 5 LA develops its new five year strategic plan to help achieve greater clarity, direction, and focus for impact and sustainability for the...

A Baby-Friendly First
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, or PVHMC, has become the initial First 5 LA-supported hospital in Los Angeles County to be designated as a &...

D+ for Decay
Do you know when it's the right time to take a child to the dentist? Many parents and caregivers say by the time he or she reaches kindergarten. The...

A New Center for the Whole Child
The Whole Child last week officially opened its Birth to Five Center in Whittier targeting infants and toddlers ages 0-5 who are identified as high...

A Lot for Tots
Not so long ago, children who came to the park at 3626 56th Street in Maywood were greeted by graffiti on the walls of the bathroom and dirty...

A Fresh Approach
Rosie Cail is afraid to shop for fruit at the supermarket in her hometown of Watts.She's not afraid of being ripped off. Nor does she fear the other...

Did You Know . . .?
When comparing obesity rates of preschool age children in New York City and Los Angeles County from 2003 to 2011 over a period of nine years, L.A...

Did You Know . . . ?
An epidemic of tooth decay exists among young children living in Los Angeles County's poorest communities, according to a Children's Dental...

Did You Know . . . ?
According to the U.S. Census, between 2000 and 2010, the number of children under 6 in L.A. County decreased by nearly 14 percent. The decrease is...

An Inspirational Playground
Kenia Matamoros had a problem.Every time she would take her 2-year-old special needs son, Alexander, to the park in North Hollywood, she would place...

Day of the Dad
Some days are just better to be a dad.One such day came recently at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles, where more than 1,000 dads and...

Notes from Special Commission Meeting
On April 3, 2013 the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners held a Special Commission Meeting to discuss monthly goals and outcomes for Best Start. Click...

A Heavy Issue
Many parents are torn about how to best help overweight children lose weight, but one mother's decision to put her young daughter on a strict diet...
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