First 5s in D.C.: More
than 20 First 5 representatives went to Washington, D.C. in November to educate
partners and representatives about the important role of First 5 in system building,
advocate for federal protections for vulnerable populations, and celebrate our
20th Anniversary. The trip included 39 legislative visits with members of
Congress and their staff and a legislative reception on Capitol Hill. The
reception included remarks from Representatives Lou Correa (former First 5 Orange
Commissioner), Jimmy Gomez and Judy Chu. The trip also included a presentation
of the California Strong Start Index (CASSi) and a discussion about children's
data with our national partners and organizations, including the U.S.
Department of Education, First Focus, CLASP, Zero to Three, and others.
State Annual Report: Our Integration and Learning Division recently submitted First 5 LA's State Annual Report to First 5 California, touting an impressive 244,105 children, families and providers served. Check out this recent blog post by First 5 LA Evaluation and Learning Analyst Holli Kyle, who breaks down the numbers.
Hope and Healing: Colleagues from across the organization attended a morning discussion in October about how Los Angeles is confronting the crisis of black infant mortality. Held at the California Community Foundation Joan Palevsky Center, and co-hosted by the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, the event featured an "all-star" panel of presenters, including Tyan Parker Dominguez, PhD, MPH, MSW, clinical professor and vice chair for Curriculum, Department of Children, Youth & Families at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work; Deborah Allen, deputy director, Health Promotion, L.A. County Department of Public Health; and Wenonah Valentine, executive director, iDream for Racial Health Equity. First 5 LA's Director of Family Supports Barbara Andrade DuBransky shared her thoughts about the discussion: "The event highlighted that we have an opportunity in Los Angeles County to support both community-based and healthcare providers in order to decrease stressors and improve the quality and responsiveness of healthcare provision for African-American women."