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Parents and Family

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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Celebrate dads with us at our June 2nd #First5Chat!
RSVP to enter our giveaway of a family 4-pack of tickets to an L.A. baseball game on Father’s Day* and join us for our June 2nd #First5Chat!To...

Coffee, Tea or Milk? Answer to What Parents Give Their Toddlers May Surprise You
Not only are some adults encouraging our smallest children to dress like adults (Toddlers in Tiaras) but a new study shows that a growing number of...

Win tickets to an L.A. baseball Father’s Day game
Hello Parents!At First 5 LA, we know that dads matter! While it’s important for fathers to be great role models to their children, they can also...

Twitter “Garden” Party Dishes on Drought, Kid-Friendly Gardening
“I’m new at this and would love input on specific plants. Especially kid friendly,” tweeted Julie Schneider. First 5 LA was happy to...

What We’re Reading
Welcome to our newest feature where share the latest news, research and articles of interest that touch upon issues affecting parents and children...

And Now, This Message from Mom
As we often say here at First 5 LA, a parent is a child’s first teacher. Below, First 5 LA staffers who have experienced the joys – and...

A “Brunch” of Research to Feast Upon
While many moms will be treated to brunch at their favorite restaurants this Sunday, First 5 LA hopes parents will feast on this collection of online...

Around the World, Moms Want the Same for Their Kids
Given the focus of First 5 LA – providing positive outcomes for Los Angeles County’s youngest children and their families – it&rsquo...

California Infants Remain at High Risk Following Initial Report of Maltreatment
A First 5 LA-funded study by the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California School of Social Work has found that 60...

LAUP Launches Vocabulary-Building Toolset to Help Close 30-Million Word Gap Between Low- and High-Income Children
By exposing them to as many words as possible, parents have the power to boost their child’s development. As part of the rollout of its Clinton...

RSVP for First 5 LA’s Twitter “Garden” Party with Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
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From Books to Breastfeeding, First 5 LA Helps Parents at LA Times Festival of Books
From breastfeeding babies to diaper-changing dads, the First 5 LA booths gave a welcome respite to hundreds of families who joined the...

Native Americans Challenged by Childhood Obesity
Vivian Garcia says her favorite treat growing up as a child, and still today, is fry bread. “I just took my daughter Kaia to a powwow, and the...

Parents at the Center
When it comes to growth and development, nobody has more lasting impact on a child than his or her parents. As a baby’s first nurturers...

Mental Health, Ages 0-5
Early childhood mental health means your child’s healthy emotional and social development, according to the National Center for Infants...

What You Need to Know About Vaccinations
With recent measles outbreaks in California and debates about side effects of immunizations, vaccines are in the news, and conflicting information may...

Preconception Care: The Earliest, Best Start in Life
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, preconception health—a mother’s healthy mind, body and environment before...

Sprout Salad Recipe
Lemon Yogurt Dressing1 cup plain yogurt1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley1/4 cup olive or canola oil1/4 cup fresh lemon juice1 garlic clove...
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