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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...

Commission Approves Milestone First 5 LA Budget for 2015–16
As First 5 LA transitions from its old Strategic Plan toward implementing its new one, the agency’s Commission on June 11 approved a $...

Child Development 101: Free-Range Parenting or Helicopter-Type Supervision?
Parents of young children would probably never think of letting their child 5 years old or under walk to school alone or play in the park by...

Great Father’s Day Gifts for Dads of Kids 0-5
It’s not too late to give a truly thoughtful gift to the important dads in your life. But to make the gift truly meaningful, choose one that not...

How Dads Matter
Why do dads need to push a broom every now and then? What impact does fatherhood have on teenage pregnancy? Do children do better with one dad &ndash...

No Fear in Fatherhood
“Man up” and “fatherhood” are not two phrases society usually associates with each other. But research (see accompanying...

A Family Strengthening Milestone
The moment after he was born in New Mexico, Dr. Jaiya John was removed from his mother’s custody. In his first 9 months – alone, in...

Fatherhood at the Center of First 5 LA’s June Twitter Party
EDITOR’S NOTE: The power of social media is its ability to connect people. Starting last February, First 5 LA has hosted Twitter Parties to...

Moving Toward Reversing the Harmful Effects of Abuse on Young Minds
In the words of a Gaelic proverb: It is not easy to straighten in the oak the crook that grew in the sapling. Neuroscience is revealing that we would...

What We're Reading
Here’s the latest news, research and articles that we’re reading to inform our view of the issues affecting parents and children from the...

What We’re Reading
Kick back this Memorial Day by reading the latest news, research and articles of interest that touch upon issues affecting parents and children from...

First 5 LA Budget Proposed for 2015–16 Puts Focus on Children and Families
A $228.2 million budget for First 5 LA has been proposed for fiscal year 2015–2016, the first budget under the agency’s new five-year...

DuBransky’s Zeal for Helping Others Finds a Home at First 5 LA
Raised in a blended, working-class family in Santa Maria, California, Barbara Andrade DuBransky’s family faced a myriad of social and economic...

How Helping One Person Helps Us All
Amidst the sweet aroma of pan dulce, Leticia Ortiz was busily working at her job at Panaderia Celaya in central Los Angeles one day when she saw a...
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