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What We’re Doing: A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
125,000 Frequent Smiles: First 5 LA’s Health Systems Department held the final meeting for the Children’s Dental Health Care Project, a...

Best Start Helps to Enhance El Monte Park
Yadira Lue used to feel hopeless when she would look across the street at Zamora Park from the window of her El Monte home. The poorly illuminated...

Off to a Good Start
Oh, what a difference a year makes.In January 2017, Yanci Panameno was “saddened” when Governor Jerry Brown released his budget proposal...

Kim Belshé, Champion for Children: “A Matter of Fairness”
Editor’s Note: With proposals emerging from Washington, D.C. threatening First 5 LA’s mission, values and goals that put child...

Champion for Children Katie Fallin Kenyon: Putting a Positive Spin on ECE
Who Is Katie Fallin Kenyon, Ph.D.? Looking back at her childhood, two simple pastimes stand out the most for Katie Fallin Kenyon: fond memories of...

2017 Happy Endings
A third generation teen mom trying to break the cycle for her children. A low-income family facing a 1,337 percent increase in their child care costs...

What We’re Doing: A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
My Shot: Finishing the Choose Children 2018 series of interviews with gubernatorial candidates in Palo Alto, First 5 LA’s Vice President of...

#First5Live Event Focuses on Kindness
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonOn Tuesday, December 12...

All Systems Go
Each morning, Maria Munoz wakes up her 2-year-old son, Robert, before dawn at 5 a.m. to leave their home in Littlerock in the Antelope Valley. They...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA News, Events and Activities
A TRISC-it: First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé served on a panel in late October with other prominent Los Angeles County leaders at the...

Commission Summary for November 9, 2017
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

Report Names Lasting, Traumatic Effects of Homelessness on Young Children in L.A. County, First 5 LA Calls for Trauma-informed Approach to Help Kids
Lower Academic Scores, Poorer Health Among Homeless Children Prompts Leading Children’s Advocate to Recommend a Trauma-Informed Approach to Help...

Help Me Grow-LA Releases Recommendation Report: “Promoting Optimal Children’s Development”
The early design and planning phase for Help Me Grow LA (HMG-LA) just took a major first step toward building, in partnership, a comprehensive and...

California’s Newest Legislation Prioritizes Children and Families
First 5 LA applauds the Legislature and the Governor for making kids a priority in the state budget and for passing important measures that will...

Champion for Children Rafael González: Raised on Grit and Hope by Immigrant Parents
“Whether the winds are with you or against you, you must move forward – always move forward.” This is the personal mantra that...

When Fear Is a Factor
When her father is deported, a girl in Watts must care for her young siblings so her mother can go to work.An undocumented mother is afraid to report...

Commission Summary for October 12, 2017
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA News
Making of a Mural: This touching mini-documentary about the development of Best Start Metro LA’s Mobile Mural. The mural is a visual...

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