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About First 5 LA

First 5 LA believes that the first five years of life establish the foundation for the future success of our children. We put parents at the center of our work, since parents and caregivers are at the heart of a child’s development.  

In November, 2014 the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2015-2020 First 5 LA Strategic Plan, “Focusing on the Future,” which shifts the organization’s investment strategy to partnering with parents, community members, elected officials, county agencies and service providers to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. 

About First 5 LA
First 5 LA is a leading early childhood advocate working collaboratively across L.A. County. We were created in 1998 to invest L.A. County’s allocation of funds from California’s Proposition 10 tobacco tax. Since then, First 5 LA has invested more than $1.2 billion in efforts aimed at providing the best start for children from prenatal to age 5 and their families. 

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 

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 Strategy
Moving forward, First 5 LA will take a more intensive approach by increasing its emphasis on systems change, collaboration and public policy. This transition supports the organization's goal of maximizing positive outcomes for children prenatal to age 5.  
 
The five-year plan focuses on investing in six key areas: Research and Development, Public Policy and Advocacy, Service Delivery System Improvement, Provider Training, Community Capacity Building and Communications.  
 
Supporting and educating parents and caregivers, creating meaningful collaborations with like-minded partners, and improving policies and practices in the health care and early care and education systems; this is the direction First 5 LA is taking to positively impact children and families throughout L. A. County for generations to come. 

Our Target Outcomes: 

Families: Increased family Protective Factors 

  • Working with parents and caregivers so that they have the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to support their child’s development.  

Communities: Increased community capacity to support and promote the safety, healthy development, and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families 

  • Supporting a community’s ability to foster safe, healthy, and engaged neighborhoods that help children and their families thrive.   

Early Care and Education Systems: Increased access to high-quality early care and education 

  • Increase access to affordable, quality child care and preschool 

Health-Related Systems: Improved capacity of health, mental health, and substance abuse services systems to meet the needs of children prenatal to age 5 and their families 

  • Improvement of health-related coordination and delivery of care to young children and their families in L.A. County. 

Values:   

Our  values  act  as  guiding  principles  for  how  we  do  our  work,  the  culture  we  aim  to  promote  and  a  benchmark  to  measure  behaviors  and  performance.  

Overarching Organizational Value 

Collaboration: We  believe  joint  effort  toward  common  goals  achieves  trust  and  produces  greater  impact  for   L.A. County’s  youngest  children  and  their  families. 

Six Core Values 

  1. Integrity: We  believe  fidelity  to  our  values  builds  credibility,  trust,  fairness  and  consistency. 
  2. Respect: We believe in honoring and nurturing every individual and community. 
  3. Accountability: We  believe  results  matter  and  that  a  focus  on  transparency  and  excellence  yields  improved  outcomes,  work  quality  and  stewardship  of resources. 
  4. Partnership: We  believe  that  by  working  with  others  who  share  our  aspirations  for  young  children,  we  can maximize  every  child’s  readiness  for  kindergarten  and  success  in  life. 
  5. Shared Leadership: We  believe  that  together  we  can  ensure  that  every  child  enters  kindergarten  ready  to  succeed  in  school  and  life. 
  6. Learning: We  believe  learning  never  ends, so  we  are  committed  to  critical  thinking  and continuous innovation

Our Leadership

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Kim Belshé - Executive Director
Kim Belshé was named Executive Director of First 5 Los Angeles in November 2012. Prior to joining First 5 LA, she served as senior policy...

An Advocacy Odyssey
For First 5 LA, the journey toward sponsoring its first state legislation did not begin in a conference room, at a power lunch or anywhere near a...

What We’re Doing: A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Discussing ACEs: First 5 LA joined the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and other funders earlier this month to co-host a conversation...

What it Takes to Advocate
What a long, extraordinary trip it’s been. First 5 LA’s journey toward shaping legislation in Sacramento in 2018 that began last fall...

Making the News: Developmental Screening
All kids, starting at birth, are expected to meet certain developmental milestones as they grow, including how they use language, how they move (think...

Champion for Children: Senator Holly J. Mitchell Keeps an Eye on the Next Generation
“Children are about the supports we give them, what we expose them to and how we lift them up to create opportunities for them.” &ndash...

Commission Meeting Summary for September 13, 2018
Highlights from the Sept. 13 Commission meeting include an update on funding and research of African American birth mortality disparities in Los...

Proposed Change to “Public Charge” Policy Hurts Kids, Say Leading California Early Childhood Advocates
First 5s, Created to Help Kids, Call for Policy to Remain Unchanged, Urge Administration and Lawmakers to Work Collaboratively to Create Long-lasting...

Questions and Answers - ECE Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis
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Early Childhood Matters - Issue #29
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What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Raising the Future: First 5 LA leaders joined representatives from First 5 San Bernardino and the Child Care Resource Center on July 6 to lead State...

Commission Summary for July 12, 2018
Highlights from the July12 Commission meeting include a unique, interactive “gallery walk” to update and receive input from Board members...

From Foster Child to Home Visitor
Removed From Her Own Mother at Age 5, Alisha Burch Becomes a Second Mother to New MomsWhile construction workers lug hammers and wrenches in metal...

Making the News: Home Visiting
Editor’s Note: "Can you find me that one article from a few months ago…” was a common question here at First 5 LA, so we...

Parents Put Research into Action to Improve Quality Time with Kids
When Natasha Guerrero began surveying other parents in her community last year, she was surprised to learn how little quality time they were spending...

Home Visiting: Tales, Triumphs and Trailblazing
Tiffany’s first child passed away only days after being born. Not long afterward, she discovered she was pregnant. Six months later her son...

Connecting Points: Are We There Yet?
By Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LAThe Board of Commissioners meets on the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., unless...

What We’re Doing – A Roundup of First 5 LA Events and Activities
Home (Visiting) Is Where the Heart Is: The Family Strengthening Summit hosted by First 5 LA grantee L.A. Best Babies Network on June 13 drew more...

Arturo Valdez
Arturo Valdez is proud to serve as Chief Academic Officer for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Mr. Valdez is bilingual and has been...

Diane Iglesias
For the last 27 years, as both a social worker and a child abuse lawyer, Ms. Iglesias has served an essential role in the field of child abuse and...
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