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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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Family Guides
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“I Just Looked Away for a Second…” Why Parents Must Be Vigilant About Drowning Among Children
The beginning of summer marks a traditional time of gatherings where families and friends try to cool off at backyard pool parties, on the lake or...

Embracing Fatherhood Is One of the Best Hugs a Dad Can Give
With Father’s Day approaching and a celebratory mood in the air, Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) recently held its 8th Annual Fatherhood...

Summer Fun and Learning #First5Chat
RSVP to enter our giveaway and join us for our July 7th #First5Chat!*To RSVP, click on the Add Your Link button below. You must be signed up on this...

Child Development 101: Free-Range Parenting or Helicopter-Type Supervision?
Parents of young children would probably never think of letting their child 5 years old or under walk to school alone or play in the park by...

What Kind of Pet Should Your Family Get?
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Great Father’s Day Gifts for Dads of Kids 0-5
It’s not too late to give a truly thoughtful gift to the important dads in your life. But to make the gift truly meaningful, choose one that not...

Get Ready for School Success
You are your child’s first and most valuable teacher. From birth, you can help her develop language, problem-solving, motor, social and...

It’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month!
August is National and World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and experts and mothers from more than 170 countries agree: Breast milk is best when it...

Yoga for All
Physically fit children do better in school, so it’s no surprise that yoga programs in preschools are on the rise. Though non-competitive, yoga...

Beat the Heat: Fruit Popsicles or Cups
When the temperature rises, the only thing better than an old-fashioned frozen treat is a modern-day one made healthy with fruit and yogurt. With just...

Protect Those Peepers: Children’s Eye Health and Safety
Good eye health is key to school success. If a child can’t see well, he will have trouble doing well in the classroom. Fortunately, when...

Raise Your Child’s “E.Q.” With a Pet
Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster or even a fish, family pets can help children develop Emotional Intelligence — the ability to identify...

Matching Game
Test your child’s—and your—memory with this fun game. The goal is to try to match pairs by remembering where the pictures that...

How Dads Matter
Why do dads need to push a broom every now and then? What impact does fatherhood have on teenage pregnancy? Do children do better with one dad &ndash...

No Fear in Fatherhood
“Man up” and “fatherhood” are not two phrases society usually associates with each other. But research (see accompanying...

What We're Reading
Here’s the latest news, research and articles that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and children from the...

Moving Toward Reversing the Harmful Effects of Abuse on Young Minds
In the words of a Gaelic proverb: It is not easy to straighten in the oak the crook that grew in the sapling. Neuroscience is revealing that we would...

Fatherhood at the Center of First 5 LA’s June Twitter Party
EDITOR’S NOTE: The power of social media is its ability to connect people. Starting last February, First 5 LA has hosted Twitter Parties to...
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