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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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Number of Babies Born Addicted to Painkillers and Other Drugs Increasing
Now, more than ever, the rate of newborn babies suffering from addiction to narcotic painkillers or other substances is on the rise. Research shows...

Autism, Developmental Disabilities Take Center Stage at April Twitter Party
In the United States, one in every 68 children has autism, and in California, 13 children are diagnosed each day – that’s one child every...

Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program Continues Growth
With warmer weather and a new season of fresh fruits and vegetables, more and more people are heading for their local farmer’s market on the...

Twitter Party Brings Early Literacy Home
Literacy-themed events and activities are scattered throughout the month of March to support Read Across America Day, during which schools and parents...

News Notes: Hefty Fines for Parents of Obese Children?
Hefty Fines for Parents of Obese Children?In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto...

Burger King Pulls Sodas From Kids Meals
In a move hailed by critics of fast food giants’ marketing practices towards children, Burger King has become the latest burger chain leader to...

Quick Science Craft: Sponge Shooter
Just follow the pics for a quick science craft to teach your preschooler about air pressure!What you'll need:Two kitchen spongesOne sandwich...

#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...
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