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An Advocacy Odyssey
For First 5 LA, the journey toward sponsoring its first state legislation did not begin in a conference room, at a power lunch or anywhere near a...

What We’re Doing: A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Discussing ACEs: First 5 LA joined the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and other funders earlier this month to co-host a conversation...

Champion for Children: Senator Holly J. Mitchell Keeps an Eye on the Next Generation
“Children are about the supports we give them, what we expose them to and how we lift them up to create opportunities for them.” &ndash...

Making the News: Developmental Screening
All kids, starting at birth, are expected to meet certain developmental milestones as they grow, including how they use language, how they move (think...

What it Takes to Advocate
What a long, extraordinary trip it’s been. First 5 LA’s journey toward shaping legislation in Sacramento in 2018 that began last fall...

Commission Meeting Summary for September 13, 2018
Highlights from the Sept. 13 Commission meeting include an update on funding and research of African American birth mortality disparities in Los...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Raising the Future: First 5 LA leaders joined representatives from First 5 San Bernardino and the Child Care Resource Center on July 6 to lead State...

Commission Summary for July 12, 2018
Highlights from the July12 Commission meeting include a unique, interactive “gallery walk” to update and receive input from Board members...

From Foster Child to Home Visitor
Removed From Her Own Mother at Age 5, Alisha Burch Becomes a Second Mother to New MomsWhile construction workers lug hammers and wrenches in metal...

Making the News: Home Visiting
Editor’s Note: "Can you find me that one article from a few months ago…” was a common question here at First 5 LA, so we...

Parents Put Research into Action to Improve Quality Time with Kids
When Natasha Guerrero began surveying other parents in her community last year, she was surprised to learn how little quality time they were spending...

Home Visiting: Tales, Triumphs and Trailblazing
Tiffany’s first child passed away only days after being born. Not long afterward, she discovered she was pregnant. Six months later her son...

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...
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