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Connecting Points: Are We There Yet?
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LAThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., unless...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Home (Visiting) Is Where the Heart Is: The Family Strengthening Summit hosted by First 5 LA grantee L.A. Best Babies Network on June 13 drew more...

Summary for June 14 Commission Meeting
Highlights from the June 14 Commission meeting include approval of First 5 LA’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget, policy and systems change learnings...

Tales of Two Dads
Most of us know that Father’s Day is celebrated in June, but how many of us are aware that the nation’s 1.3 million stepfathers have an...

Lest We Forget the Fathers
Two decades ago, Larry Garcia was faced with an impossible choice.“My 2-1/2 year old daughter needed diapers,” he recalled. Yet his stints...

Bordering on Inhumanity: Trump’s Policy of Forcibly Separating Migrant Families Deliberately Causing Trauma to Children
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LAIn recent weeks, the Trump administration’s new border crossing policy has separated more...

Budget Update: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LAEarlier this week Legislative leaders passed the State Budget for the Fiscal Year that begins on...

Connecting Points: Budgeting for the Future
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LAThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., unless...

A Capitol Day for Early Childhood Advocacy
On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento, First 5 LA Commissioner Yvette Martinez spoke with a fourth grade teacher about the lack of early...

Commission Meeting Summary for May 10, 2018
Highlights from the May 10 Commission meeting include approval to amend a Strategic Partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public...

Young Best Start Moms Take Their Case to State Capitol
When Evelin Balbuena-Galvez was six weeks pregnant as a sophomore in Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, she slipped and fell in the shower, missing a...

Taking a Stand – as a Child, a Mom and an Advocate
I began standing up for young children when I was only a 7-year-old child.When I was growing up in Mexico, a young boy named Noe and his grandmother...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Promise of Care: First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé was honored as a Community Health Champion early this month at Eisner Health's &#...

Parents and Communities Create New Local Leadership for First 5 LA Place-based Effort
New, Regional Structure of Best Start Communities Intended to Help Amplify Voices for Young KidsLOS ANGELES – Acting on broad...

Governor Brown Urged to Build Legacy as a Champion for California’s Youngest Children
Download this press release »First 5 LA Urges Billion Dollar Investment in Early Learning for Infants and Toddlers Backs Gov. Brown...

Lawmakers Urged to Recognize Importance of Young Children at First 5 Advocacy Day 2018
Capitol Lawn Event Marks 20th Anniversary of Voters' Approval of Prop 10 that Created First 5 Network, Honors Several State Legislators as "...

Connecting Points: Achieving Lasting Change for L.A.’s Youngest Children
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director, First 5 LAThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., unless...

To Serve Better, Share
By Daniela Pineda, Ph.D. In this digital society, we share ideas freely on Pinterest, give our opinions on products online and learn from “how...

First 5 Explains: Early Learning
The early years of a child’s life lay the foundation for success in school and life. According to research, 90 percent of a child’s brain...

First 5 Explains: Developmental Screenings/Early Intervention
Early Identification and Intervention:The early years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation needed for success later in...
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