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And Now, This Message from Mom
As we often say here at First 5 LA, a parent is a child’s first teacher. Below, First 5 LA staffers who have experienced the joys – and...

Making Good for Mothers
From voluntary home visiting to Best Start, tot parks to community gardens, the stories below reveal how First 5 LA makes a difference in the lives of...

A “Brunch” of Research to Feast Upon
While many moms will be treated to brunch at their favorite restaurants this Sunday, First 5 LA hopes parents will feast on this collection of online...

Around the World, Moms Want the Same for Their Kids
Given the focus of First 5 LA – providing positive outcomes for Los Angeles County’s youngest children and their families – it&rsquo...

California Infants Remain at High Risk Following Initial Report of Maltreatment
A First 5 LA-funded study by the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California School of Social Work has found that 60...

The Healing Fields
For Sithary Ly, living in Long Beach over the last 17 years with her husband, Bovannak, life has been a constant stream of adjusting to a world much...

LAUP Launches Vocabulary-Building Toolset to Help Close 30-Million Word Gap Between Low- and High-Income Children
By exposing them to as many words as possible, parents have the power to boost their child’s development. As part of the rollout of its Clinton...

From Books to Breastfeeding, First 5 LA Helps Parents at LA Times Festival of Books
From breastfeeding babies to diaper-changing dads, the First 5 LA booths gave a welcome respite to hundreds of families who joined the...

New Report Shows Greater Need for High-Quality Early Education Programs
Despite improvements over recent years, our nation continues to fall short in offering families affordable, quality preschool programs to improve a...

Keeping Her Eye on the Ball
“Know where to throw the ball before you catch it,” was an early lesson Leanne Negron – a First 5 LA Senior Program Officer in the...

Native Americans Challenged by Childhood Obesity
Vivian Garcia says her favorite treat growing up as a child, and still today, is fry bread. “I just took my daughter Kaia to a powwow, and the...

Board Approves Bills for First 5 LA Legislative Agenda
First 5 LA’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved support on April 9 for a number of state bills that could greatly improve the lives of...

Online Directory Launches to Help Women Suffering from Maternal Depression
Funded in part by First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force has launched the Maternal Mental Health Resource Directory, a...

First 5 LA Twitter Party Provides Hope, Resources for Parents of Special Needs Children
Understanding the connection between mental and physical health, and providing hope and resources, are key tools to improve the lives of special needs...

Child Development 101 – Where Math Fits Into the Equation
Education experts have long praised the value of children learning to read early in order to build a foundation of school success, but how important...

Helping Families to Their Best Start
Like some other parents, Iris Galicia, a mother of two who lives in West Athens, faces some challenges related to how to best raise her young children...

First 5 LA Names Peter Barth as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
Los Angeles, CA: Peter Barth has been selected as Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs at First 5 LA. As the senior policy and...

First 5 LA Advocates for Young Children During D.C. Visit
In an effort to effect positive change at the federal level on behalf of children prenatal to 5 and their families, First 5 LA’s Executive...

Autism, Developmental Disabilities Take Center Stage at April Twitter Party
In the United States, one in every 68 children has autism, and in California, 13 children are diagnosed each day – that’s one child every...

Is Fast-Food Ban Enough to Reduce Obesity Rates?
A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast...
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