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Moms Find Their Voice in a Writing Workshop in South Los Angeles
First 5 LA would like to congratulate the Best Start Metro LA writing workgroup for today's feature in Hoy Los Angeles, the LA Times' Spanish...

White House Symposium Offers Suggestions for Improving Early Childhood Education for Latinos
With data pointing at the Latino population quickly becoming a majority minority in the nation, a recent symposium held in Chicago by the White House...

Every Breath You Take
When Mark Lopez’s daughter, Xole, was only 8 months old and having trouble breathing, he took her to the doctor. When the doctor prescribed an...

First 5 LA’s Monthly Twitter Party Trends During Summer Learning Discussion with L.A. Parent Magazine
EDITOR’S NOTE: The power of social media is its ability to connect people. Since last February, First 5 LA has hosted a monthly Twitter Chat to...

Building Stronger Communities: How First 5 LA’s Best Start Program Continues to Grow and Thrive
In 14 communities throughout Los Angeles County, First 5 LA’s Best Start program brings together parents and caregivers, residents...

What We’re Reading
Here’s the latest news, research and other items of interest that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and...

Avoiding the Summer Slide
Silvia Fischer, a grandmother of two boys and a girl, fondly recalls planting summer gardens with her oldest grandson during his toddler and preschool...

A message from First 5 LA Executive Director, Kim Belshé
We are pleased to share First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan for 2015-20: Focusing for the Future. Our new plan is the product of careful listening...

Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Focusing for the Future: First 5 LA Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Frequently Asked Questions First 5 LA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan serves as a...

“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...

Reports Reveal Key Issues Affecting Los Angeles County Early Care and Education Landscape
In a landmark effort to better understand, explain and improve the landscape for Early Care and Education (ECE) in Los Angeles County, Advancement...

Best Start Kicks Off Seasonal Celebration with “Summer Fest”
Summer may not have “officially” begun until June 21, but that didn’t stop the Best Start Northeast Valley Community Partnership...

Commission Approves Milestone First 5 LA Budget for 2015–16
As First 5 LA transitions from its old Strategic Plan toward implementing its new one, the agency’s Commission on June 11 approved a $...

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...

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...

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...

A Family Strengthening Milestone
The moment after he was born in New Mexico, Dr. Jaiya John was removed from his mother’s custody. In his first 9 months – alone, in...

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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