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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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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...

Give Yourself a “Time Out”
Stress can be serious stuff: For babies and young children, experiencing early stress can stop brain cells from growing and forming important...

First 5 LA’s Five Minutes: Making Home a Haven
A peaceful home environment can make a big difference in stress levels. Here are five fast ways to create a stress-free zone in your own home.​Turn...

Online Directory Launches to Help Women Suffering from Maternal Depression
Funded in part by First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force has launched the Maternal Mental Health Resource Directory, a...

First 5 LA Twitter Party Provides Hope, Resources for Parents of Special Needs Children
Understanding the connection between mental and physical health, and providing hope and resources, are key tools to improve the lives of special needs...

Child Development 101 – Where Math Fits Into the Equation
Education experts have long praised the value of children learning to read early in order to build a foundation of school success, but how important...

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...
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