Spotlight on First 5 LA Partners and Current Affairs

Good News for California Families

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 takes significant steps forward in prioritizing children from ages 0–5. The budget includes support for many programs that benefit young children, including pre-and-post natal support offered through home visiting, health coverage and quality early learning.

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

First 5 LA has partnered with Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), a program that supports Latino parents as their child’s first teacher. Based on research, the program addresses the education, health, and social and emotional well-being of Latino children ages 0–5. The goal? To significantly increase the number of kids who achieve success in school and life.

Concerned About Immigration Issues?

Los Angeles has low or no-cost resources to help:


Parenting by the Numbers:

3: Percentage of births that are twins

4: Number of inches a baby’s head grows in the first year

10 million: Number of nerve cells in a newborn’s brain (and it decreases throughout life!)

300: Number of times a child laughs in a day

$7,000: Average amount new parents spend on a baby in his or her first year

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day Indigenous Peoples' Day — while not a federal holiday — is recognized on the second Monday in October by many cities and states in the United States, including the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and California. The day...

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month

Celebrating Filipino American History Month Each year, the United States recognizes Filipino American History during the month of October. As the second-largest Asian American group in the country and the third-largest ethnic group in California, Filipino Americans...

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth

For This New Mom, a Doula was the Key to Joyous Childbirth When Terika Hameth found out she was pregnant last year, her initial joy was soon overwhelmed by anxiety. “I thought, ‘What if I die?’” she said. Her fear was not misplaced. Black women in Los Angeles County...

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day

First 5 LA Hall of Heroes: Labor Day You are your child’s first teacher and are very important to their intellectual growth. From the beginning, your baby is learning language skills that will help with learning how to read, write and communicate out loud in the...

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31!

Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31! When it comes to breastfeeding, racial equity is an issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fewer than 60% of Black mothers have ever breastfed compared to 75% of white mothers. Breastfeeding builds immunities, is...

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