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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...

Best Start Representatives Join Community Leaders at Empowerment Congress
Best Start program officers and partnership members recently joined civic leaders, educators and community members at the 23rd Annual Empowerment...

Staff Engagement and Compensation Surveys Lead List of Results from Special Audit
Executive Director Kim Belshé recently provided Commissioners with an update regarding First 5 LA’s implementation of the recommendations...

News Notes: Homeless Man Rescues Abandoned Baby; New Autism Diagnosis Methods Discovered
Homeless Man Rescues Abandoned BabyThe first abandoned infant safely rescued in 2015 was found on Feb. 8 by a homeless man who heard a baby crying...

“Baby University” Provides Invaluable Tips for Best Start Northeast Valley Parents
EN ESPAÑOL »Thanks to a strong and productive partnership between First 5 LA’s Best Start Northeast Valley Community and Pacoima...

First 5 LA Partners with PBS SoCaL for a #First5Chat Twitter Party
Amberlyn (@LynVazquez85) has two toddlers and another baby on the way, “so I’m always ready for educational advice, tips and tricks.&rdquo...

A Chance to Play Together
When 10-year-old Taylor would go to the local park in Bellflower, she could only watch as her 8-year-old sister, Sadie, enjoyed herself on the swings...

First 5 LA Responds to the President’s Budget
First 5 LA supports the investments in children and families proposed today by President Obama in his Fiscal Year 2016 budget.Executive Director Kim...

Tips for National Children’s Dental Health Month
What do 7 out of 10 low-income children below the age of 5 in Los Angeles County have in common? (Trust us: It’s nothing to smile...

News Notes: Measles Outbreak Prompts Vaccination Declarations; Hunger Hormone in Infancy and Risk of Obesity May Be Linked
In Wake of Outbreak, Southern CA Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccinations for Young ChildrenAs the number of confirmed cases of measles continues to...

It's Not Too Late to Give
For over a year, the pre-kindergarten students in Mr. Lopez’s classroom at Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills had been without...

New Commissioners Weigh in With Goals for 2015
Two Los Angeles County leaders are assuming roles on the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners in 2015. Here, they share their vision for First 5 LA...

Child Development 101: Parents’ Active Role is Vital to Improve Their Child's Language Development
Tony and Marisol Garza decided that, when the time came to have children, they would promise to treat them as smart, capable individuals, and to avoid...

Policy Pick: Governor’s New Budget Plan Ignores Child Care, Dental Issues
While Governor Jerry Brown’s $113 billion budget proposal for 2015-16 includes increases for higher education and K-12, children’s...

Best Start “Ready for Kinder” Workbook Transcends Borders
Sometimes a small, local project can make a big difference, even across borders.As a stay-at-home mother of two young girls and an active leader in...
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