First 5 LA is committed to the pursuit of our North Star: by 2028, all children in Los Angeles County will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. Progress toward this North Star, however, requires more than publicly funded, professionally delivered services. Family and community experiences and environments greatly influence the development of a child’s brain and ultimately impact the ability to enter school ready to learn and succeed. With a commitment to achieving outcomes at a community level, First 5 LA acknowledges the important role that neighborhoods and communities play in supporting a child’s growth and development. Children thrive and families flourish in strong, safe, healthy, and Engaged Communities where people develop strong and lasting relationships, support each other, and act together to give children the best start possible.
Best Start is First 5 LA’s signature investment for engaging communities in a common vision and intention for children and families to thrive. Through Best Start, our goal is to catalyze, strengthen and elevate empowering and innovative approaches that improve the lives of children prenatal to age 5. Working primarily within 14 local geographic areas across Los Angeles County, First 5 LA’s work in communities provides the platform for parents, residents, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups to build stronger relationships, mobilize, and act together to directly support the well-being of children, and to advocate for improvements in the policies, services, and investments that benefit young children and their families.