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Free Download: Ready For Kinder Workbook by Panorama City & Neighbors
Enjoy a free download of Ready for Kinder, a workbook brought to you by Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors! This bilingual workbook can help...

VIDEO: Best Start Metro LA and Panorama City & Neighbors Joint Communications Workgroup
On December 5, 2013, members of Best Start Metro LA and Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors held a joint workgroup meeting at the First 5 LA...

Fun Family Event: "Museums Free-For-All" on January 25
CalWorks Free Museums PDF »Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” installation is already a free attraction at the Los Angeles County...

November Commission Meeting Summary
On Thursday November 10, Best Start staff updated the First 5 LA Commission on the status of Best Start. Click below for the extensive Summary in...

Local Control Funding Formula - Help LAUSD Schools Receive the Funding They Need to Ensure All Students Succeed
Under California’s new education funding policy, school districts must submit income verification to the state on each of their students in order to...

Photo Essay: Panorama City & Metro Best Start Leaders Learn From Reporter
A reporter from La Opinion Newspaper met with leaders from Panorama City and Metro Los Angeles to share reporting tips and writing skills to inspire...

Potluck in El Monte – Sharing Health and Making Friends
Last night the South El Monte and El Monte Best Start leaders hosted a holiday potluck at Spiritt Family Services in South El Monte. The potluck was...

Building Stronger Families Framework Implementation Funded for up to $4.6 Million
The First 5 LA Commission is allocating up to $4.9 million in funds to begin implementing the Building Stronger Families Framework within its 14 Best...

Obamacare Q&A in Watts-Willowbrook
Join us at the Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Community Partnership meeting to discuss the new health insurance law and Covered California! You’ll...

Did You Know . . .?
When comparing obesity rates of preschool age children in New York City and Los Angeles County from 2003 to 2011 over a period of nine years, L.A...

Faith Based Leaders are Connectors through Best Start
Churches, temples, mosques — these types of institutions are often considered the backbone of a community. And while religious leaders typically...

Watts-Willowbrook Supports Fatherhood Engagement
The Best Start Watts-Willowbrook community partnership was a proud sponsor of the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Million Father March, which took place at...

Did You Know . . . ?
An epidemic of tooth decay exists among young children living in Los Angeles County's poorest communities, according to a Children's Dental...

Stepping Up to the Challenge in El Monte
On any given day of the week, you can find Elvy Perez, like many parents and residents in Best Start Communities across L.A. County, traveling by bus...

October Commission Meeting Summary and Power Point
On Thursday October, 10, Best Start staff updated the First 5 LA Commission on the status of Best Start. Click below for the extensive Summary in...

Photo Essay: Parent and Tot Chess Time in Palmdale
Over two dozen community members participated in the Parent & Tot Chess Time event at the Palmdale Learning Plaza last weekend. Twelve children...

Obama Initiative to Strengthen Children's Education in Pacoima
Best Start and the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) have joined forces to work toward improving the lives of young children in the San Fernando Valley...

Bringing Good Mojo to Metro
Deisy Guitierrez, Maria de Lourdes Gonzales and Ruth Andrade are bringing some good New Orleans mojo to their Best Start Metro LA community. The...

Did You Know . . . ?
According to the U.S. Census, between 2000 and 2010, the number of children under 6 in L.A. County decreased by nearly 14 percent. The decrease is...

Families Get Up and Move!
Finding fun and inexpensive activities for entire families to participate in can sometimes be a challenge even in a large city like Los Angeles...
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