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Rising From the Ashes
Fifty years ago this month, a 12-year-old boy looked outside his window at a night sky that was not black and filled with stars, but painted red and...

Personal Best: Brenda Aguilera Gives Back to Community Where She Was Raised
Return: the act of going back to an earlier state, of giving or putting something back.It is this definition that drives Brenda Aguilera, Best Start...

News and Notes
Two Babies Safely Surrendered In One WeekLos Angeles County’s Safe Surrender program celebrated success for the tenth time this year when a...

Preparing Your Child (and Yourself) for Preschool
Like many parents, Judith Carrasco gets a little anxious at the beginning of each school year.“My daughter, every year she goes to school I&...

Expanded Early Education and Health Coverage Opportunities for the New School Year
New developments in early childhood education during this back-to-school season in Los Angeles County include the creation of Los Angeles Unified...

Preschool Prep from a Dad’s Point of View
By Dedicated DadBelieve it or not, the back-to-school talk is starting to ramp again. And who would have thought that it applies to my 2-and-a-half...

From Kickstands to Kick-starting Future Academic Achievement
On a Sunday afternoon, the sound of bicycle bells and children’s laughter cut through the sultry summer air. Parents and grandparents smiled...

Playing the ACE Card
By Pegah Faed, First 5 LA Research AnalystInformation for this article came from articles on ACESTooHigh.com and interviews by Jane Stevens, Founder...

First 5 LA and Breastfeed LA Share Resources to Support Breastfeeding Moms
EDITOR’S NOTE: Since February of this year, First 5 LA has hosted a monthly Twitter chat to help connect parents in Los Angeles County with each...

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...
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