Where you grow up matters. It can determine if you have access to healthy food, safe places to play and quality medical and child care - and ultimately determine whether a young child survives or truly thrives.
Best Start is a program of First 5 LA, a child advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenue in programs that improve the lives of children in Los Angeles County. Through Best Start, parents and community leaders work together to build strong foundations for life and make our community stronger.
Best Start: Thriving Together as a Community
We focus efforts on young children between pregnancy and preschool because research shows that more than 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first few years of life. That means we're building solid foundations for our children while making our communities stronger.
What a Best Start Community Looks Like
These changes will do more than help young kids. Over time, the changes will transform the community in a way that makes life better for everyone.
The Community's Role in Best Start
Turning Best Start's vision into reality is only possible when parents and community leaders come together to share their experiences and lend their voices to design the most effective way to achieve those goals within their community.
In Best Start communities, the goal is that children:
Take your seat at the table.
Join us in these Best Start communities:
Central Long Beach
To get involved in your Best Start community, visit www.BestStartLA.org to sign up, or call 213.482.7800
Best Start LA is currently developing new funding opportunities pursuant to the board approved implementation plan. Grants will be determined at a later date.
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