What happens to our children today will impact all of us tomorrow
Since our inception, First 5 LA has invested approximately $2.2 billion to improve outcomes for children prenatal to age 5 and their families.About Us
What We Believe
First 5 LA’s priorities are driven by our vision and commitment for all children of Los Angeles County families to enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. When families are strong and communities are supportive, children have a far better chance of achieving their optimal development and acquiring the skills necessary for success. It’s why we recognize that families are at the center of our work.LEARN MORE
First 5 LA, in partnership with others, strengthens families, communities, and systems of services and supports so all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.
Throughout Los Angeles’ diverse communities, all children are born healthy and raised in a safe, loving and nurturing environment so that they grow up healthy in mind, body and spirit, are eager to learn, with opportunities to reach their full potential.
Strong foundations support young children’s successful futures. We stand behind improved health, learning and developmental policies and systems today because they will shape tomorrow’s leaders.
Gathered on the platform called community, parents, residents, organizations and advocates motivate and mobilize for improved policies, services and investments for young children and their families.
Quality Early Learning
Because the brain forms lifelong pathways to learning and behavior before age 5, every child’s road to achievement begins with policies and systems that elevate early learning quality and access.
Trauma and developmental delays detrimentally detour the direction of young lives. Through county-wide systems change we envision the resiliency of communities, families, and most of all our children.
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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
A First for First 5s: Advocating Together in D.C.
The voice of an organized group is powerful — especially i...View Article
An Advocacy Odyssey: Los Angeles to Sacramento
For First 5 LA, the journey toward sponsoring its first stat...View Article
Budget Update: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LA Earlier th...View Article
The result of these three things – focus, collaboration and participation – has amplified our mission, work and importance. -Sheila Kuehl
L.A. County Supervisor and First 5 LA Commission Chair Sheila Kuehl pointed out the trajectory of First 5 LA in the areas of focus, collaboration and participation: Focusing on how our investments engage communities and partners; using what we learn from our programs to better collaborate with other partners; and participating with partners like the county during a time of diminishing revenues.Read More
What’s the status of children prenatal to age 5 and their families?
Learn more about why the work First 5 LA and it’s partners do is so important in L.A. County here.