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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...

Best Start: How We Work
From engaging in “Learning by Doing” to organizing local resource fairs, and hosting health insurance forums to improving communication of...

Where Best Start Works
Low birth weight. Low-performing schools. Poverty.When Best Start expanded beyond Metro LA in 2009, these were among the risk factors for young...

What is Best Start and Why is it Important?
In this Editorial, Best Start Communities Director Rafael González, Says The Effort Is All About Empowering People to Create Positive...

First 5 LA Funds $3 Million Study to Evaluate Efforts to Combat Childhood Obesity
First 5 LA is funding a $3 million, multi-year study to help reduce childhood obesity in Los Angeles County by evaluating the collective impact of...

Coming “Full Circle”
Rafael González’s current role as director of First 5 LA’s Best Start Communities has brought him back full circle to the single...

$22.6 Million Awarded to Support California Home Visiting Programs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, recently awarded $22.6 million towards home visiting programs in California, the largest...

#First5Chat Twitter Party with LA Parent on March 3, 2015 at 11 am PST
March is Read Across America month, so it’s a great opportunity to focus on early literacy and why it’s important to encourage a love of...

Best Start Communities Learning By Doing Implementation Moves Forward
In a milestone step forward for Best Start Communities, First 5 LA's Commission recently allocated $413,033 for the City of Long Beach to work in...

Board Approves New 3-Year Contract for Belshé
“She does us proud.”Those were the words one First 5 LA Commissioner used to sum up her support for awarding a three-year contract for...
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