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First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan Highlights
For more than 15 years, First 5 LA has worked collaboratively across Los Angeles County (L.A. County) to ensure that every child enters kindergarten...

Working Together, Breaking Down Silos and Creating Change
Helen Keller, a tireless activist who committed her life to social change, may have said it best: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do...

Covered California Open Enrollment Has Started
First 5 LA wants to make sure that uninsured children; families; and school, early-learning, and after-school staff get covered. But we need your help...

First 5 LA and FreshWorks Offers $2 Million in Loan Capital
First 5 LA is excited to announce the release of the Food Enterprise Microlending Intermediary (FEMI) Request for Proposal, now open through January 9...

First 5 LA Staff Profile: Raised to Help, Teach, Inspire and Make an Impact
“I’ve always wanted to help, to teach, to inspire, to make an impact,” said Livier “Livy” Cabezas, a First 5 LA programs...

More Public School Students are Homeless Than Ever Before
According to the latest data report from the National Center for Homeless Education, the number of homeless students enrolled in our nation’s...

Children: L.A.’s Greatest Investment
From the political, business and academia worlds, along with top professionals in the private and public sectors - hundreds gathered together in...

New Innovative Network Will Create Smarter Use Of Data
For the average person, the term "data linkage" may sound a bit foreign, but for those who advocate for the health and safety for our...

A message from First 5 LA Executive Director, Kim Belshé
We are pleased to share First 5 LA’s Strategic Plan for 2015-20: Focusing for the Future. Our new plan is the product of careful listening to...

Strategic Plan 2015-2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
Focusing for the Future: First 5 LA Strategic Plan 2015-2020Frequently Asked QuestionsFirst 5 LA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan serves as a...

Clearer Pathway, Exciting Opportunities, Greater Impact
Supporting and educating parents/caregivers, creating meaningful collaborations with like-minded partners and improving policies and practices in the...

Opening the Doors to Better Health for New Moms
When she stepped up to the podium at the Choose Health LA Moms Open House, First 5 LA Executive Director Kim Belshé had a tale to tell...

Certain Parenting Skills and Breastfeeding Are Strengths in Best Start Communities
Parents and caregivers in Best Start communities are doing well in areas of parental stress, giving praise and breastfeeding, but could use help with...

Breastfeeding Takes Off
In a sign of growing support for nursing mothers who work, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first law requiring all major airports in...

Policy Pick: Governor Signs Kids-Friendly Bills
Gov. Jerry Brown closed out the 2014 state legislative session last week by taking action on hundreds of bills, a number of which were aimed at...

Cost of Raising a Child Nearly a Quarter of a Million Dollars
From food and shelter to child care, transportation to health care, there's no doubt that the necessities of life can come at a high price. In...

More Than Half of California Children Affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences
New research on adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, reveals that 57 percent of children in California have had such experiences, with economic...

A Hearty Welcome
More than 100 community leaders and elected officials gathered at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood on September 2 to celebrate Welcome Baby, a...

Child Development 101: How to Help Infants and Toddlers Cope With Stress
By Marian Williams, clinical psychologist and lead of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Eighteen...

Harding Returns to First 5 LA
As the Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, or DPH, Cynthia Harding has replaced Dr. Jonathan Fielding as a First 5...
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