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Lawmakers for Children: Q & A with State Senator Ricardo Lara
Born and raised a local Angeleno and the son of a seamstress and factory worker, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has been at...

A Finely Tuned Lady
An orchestra of well-rounded experiences have put Best Start’s Place-Based Marketing Manager Katie Kurutz in tune with her career.“I&rsquo...

Hello Barbie…Adiós Privacy?
Imagine a doll that can have a real conversation with your daughter by understanding her words and responding intelligently. Imagine also that the...

The Kids Are Alright: What We’re Reading
Here is the latest news, notes, research and other items of interest that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and...

Personal Best: Profiles of People Putting Their Best Foot Forward for Young Children and Families in Los Angeles County
Meet Romalis Taylor, a fitting choice for our inaugural “Personal Best” article – a series that highlights those outside of First 5...

Policy Pick: State Lawmakers to Consider First 5 LA-Supported Bills
When California legislators return to the State Capitol in August from a summer recess spent in their respective districts, one of their primary goals...

Families Come Together for Panorama City Playground Kickoff
Summer just got a lot cooler for young children in Panorama City and surrounding communities. No, the temperature isn’t going down. Instead...

A Day for Parents to Relax and Recharge
Years ago, when she needed a break from parenting her young daughters, Elena Epstein would find herself lost.“I used to go to the bookstore and...

New Toolkit Features Strategies to Cut Down Marketing of Unhealthy Foods and Beverages to Kids
As part of the First 5 LA-funded Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative (ECOPI), the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) in...

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...

“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...
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