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At First 5 LA, we want to help families grow and learn! Fun ways to raise healthy and safe children are just a click away.

And we're not just sharing studies and policy-driven news items -- most of what you will find here in our Parents and Family section is written by parents, for parents. From topical tips to ways to care for yourself and your child -- and not to mention ways to learn while having fun together -- click around and explore!

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#First5Chat Twitter Party with LA Parent on March 3, 2015 at 11 am PST
March is Read Across America month, so it’s a great opportunity to focus on early literacy and why it’s important to encourage a love of...

News Notes: Homeless Man Rescues Abandoned Baby; New Autism Diagnosis Methods Discovered
Homeless Man Rescues Abandoned BabyThe first abandoned infant safely rescued in 2015 was found on Feb. 8 by a homeless man who heard a baby crying...

First 5 LA Partners with PBS SoCaL for a #First5Chat Twitter Party
Amberlyn (@LynVazquez85) has two toddlers and another baby on the way, “so I’m always ready for educational advice, tips and tricks.&rdquo...

Tips for National Children’s Dental Health Month
What do 7 out of 10 low-income children below the age of 5 in Los Angeles County have in common? (Trust us: It’s nothing to smile...

News Notes: Measles Outbreak Prompts Vaccination Declarations; Hunger Hormone in Infancy and Risk of Obesity May Be Linked
In Wake of Outbreak, Southern CA Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccinations for Young ChildrenAs the number of confirmed cases of measles continues to...

#First5Chat Twitter Party with PBS SoCaL RSVP: February 3, 2015 at 11 am PST
Technology and interactive media are pretty much impossible to escape, and children are being exposed to new technology at very young ages. The...

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Child Development 101: Parents’ Active Role is Vital to Improve Their Child's Language Development
Tony and Marisol Garza decided that, when the time came to have children, they would promise to treat them as smart, capable individuals, and to avoid...

Fresh Start - Get Healthy Family Guide
The Five Senses The five senses are key to brain growth and development, and vital to learning throughout life. How well does a newborn see?...

The Five Senses
The five senses are key to brain growth and development, and vital to learning throughout life. How well does a newborn see? When does the sense of...

Preventing Winter Colds and Flu
There is no sure cure for the common cold, but there are lots of smart and easy ways to prevent your family from getting sick this year and help your...

Beautiful Smiles Start Early
Did you know that your baby’s beautiful smile begins before birth? Regular prenatal care and a healthy diet including calcium help strengthen...

You and your preschooler can make easy “play-dough” at home!
What you’ll need:Flour (approx. 2 cups)Oil (approx. ½ cup)Bowl & something to mix withEssential oil (optional)Directions:Put 1½...

How Healthy Eating Helps Kids Succeed
Eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and other good food isn’t just healthy— it’s also smart. Good nutrition is vital for your child&...

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Make It Your Way!
A nutritious breakfast fuels your child’s learning, productivity and success in school—and beyond. According to the School Nutrition...

Build Habits for the New Year!
If you have five minutes, you have time to develop some great new habits this year to help your child get ready for success in school and life. Here...

A Sure Shot: The Flu Vaccine is Safe for Pregnant Women
Even as experts predict the worst of the flu epidemic could come this month, Dorothy Delphin worries about the pregnant women in the community who do...

Study Finds Higher Rates of Reported Abuse Among California Children
A First 5 LA-funded study has revealed higher levels of suspected abuse or neglect of California children under age 5 than previously realized.The new...

Communication is Key in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
The recent admission of underage sexual abuse by “7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins may have grabbed headlines, but many parents are still...

Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity
Before you fill that next prescription of antibiotics for a young child, you may want to think twice. A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics reports...
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