First 5, 20 Years, Our Kids, Our Future

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.

Our Mission


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.

Our Vision


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.

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A First for First 5s: Advocating Together in D.C.

The voice of an organized group is powerful — especially i...

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An Advocacy Odyssey: Los Angeles to Sacramento

For First 5 LA, the journey toward sponsoring its first stat...

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Budget Update: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

By Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LA Earlier th...

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A Capitol Day for Early Childhood Advocacy

On a recent flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento, First 5 L...

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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.
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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.