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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...

Helping Families to Their Best Start
Like some other parents, Iris Galicia, a mother of two who lives in West Athens, faces some challenges related to how to best raise her young children...

First 5 LA Names Peter Barth as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
Los Angeles, CA: Peter Barth has been selected as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at First 5 LA. As the senior policy and...

First 5 LA Advocates for Young Children During D.C. Visit
In an effort to effect positive change at the federal level on behalf of children prenatal to 5 and their families, First 5 LA’s Executive...

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...

Is Fast-Food Ban Enough to Reduce Obesity Rates?
A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast...

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...

First 5 LA Names Gabriel Sanchez as Director of Communications and Marketing
EN ESPAÑOL »Los Angeles, CA ------ Southern California native Gabriel Sanchez has been selected as Director of Communications and...

VISTA Program is a Great Success in Communities it Serves
As a Best Start “Volunteer In Service To America” (VISTA) Program member, Jonathan Diaz takes pride in his work within the East Los...

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...

Update on First 5 LA’s State Legislative Agenda
First 5 LA’s Commission recently approved criteria for developing the agency’s 2015 Legislative Agenda and received a state policy update...

When Data Influences Direction
Can a person be passionate about data?“Absolutely!” said Holly Campbell, whose primary work at First 5 LA is bridging the gap between...

First 5 LA-Funded Hospitals Recognized for Reaching Baby-Friendly Status
Five First 5 LA-funded hospitals were recently recognized for achieving Baby-Friendly designation at the state’s premiere breastfeeding summit...

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...

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...

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...

What Best Start Means to Me
When First 5 LA launched its Best Start pilot effort in 2008, the goal was to encourage parents, community-based organizations, local businesses and...

Best Start – Stories of What We Do
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip PullmanPeople...
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