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Countywide Systems Improvement

Through Countywide Systems Improvement Investments, First 5 LA is working to improve systems by supporting and enhancing the direct services funded through other investments. These include efforts to build the organizational capacity of nonprofits and community-based organizations serving children through age 5 and their families, to leverage additional funds beyond First 5 LA's direct investments, to educate the public about important issues related to young children and to improve the broader policy environment.

  • Community Investments
    Community Investment's role is to leverage fiscal and non-fiscal resources to maximize First 5 LA's investments through grantmaking, relationship building and information sharing activities.
  • Community Opportunities Fund
    Community Opportunities Fund (COF) is designed to be responsive to the needs and creative ideas of organizations serving children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families by funding organizational capacity building and policy and advocacy activities.
  • Policy Advocacy Fund
    The Policy-Advocacy Fund (PAF) is designed to support a variety of strategies in the policy and advocacy arena that support the First 5 LA Policy Agenda.
  • 211 LA County
    This information and referral service provides comprehensive warm line services for expectant parents and parents of children newborn through 5 years throughout Los Angeles County.

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First 5 LA-Funded Hospitals Recognized for Reaching Baby-Friendly Status
Five First 5 LA-funded hospitals were recently recognized for achieving Baby-Friendly designation at the state’s premiere breastfeeding summit...

Even as Statewide Numbers Drop, Substantiated L.A. County Child Abuse/Neglect Rates Rise
While substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in California dropped 28 percent between 1999 and 2013, the number of such cases among children...

Cost of Raising a Child Nearly a Quarter of a Million Dollars
From food and shelter to child care, transportation to health care, there's no doubt that the necessities of life can come at a high price. In...

More Than Half of California Children Affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences
New research on adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, reveals that 57 percent of children in California have had such experiences, with economic...

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...

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...

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...

Notes from Special Commission Meeting
On April 3, 2013 the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners held a Special Commission Meeting to discuss monthly goals and outcomes for Best Start. Click...

Notes from Special Commission Meeting
On March 14, 2013 the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners held a Regular Commission Meeting. Among the topics presented were options for interim funding...

Notes from Special Commission Meeting
On March 4, 2013 the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners had the first Special Commission Meeting to discuss the goals, outcomes and measurements for...

FIRST 5 LA HELPING TO IMPROVE L.A. COUNTY’S RANKING FOR BREASTFEEDING IN HOSPITALS
New California Now Scorecard Shows only 40 percent of newborns exclusively breastfed while in the hospitalLOS ANGELES-------- First 5 LA's efforts...

Food Activists Revolutionize the Way We Eat: Part 2
As part of First 5 LA’s Eat Healthy, Grow Strong public education campaign, we’re putting the spotlight on organizations that are working...

Food Activists Revolutionize the Way We Eat: Part 1
As part of First 5 LA’s Eat Healthy, Grow Strong public education campaign, we’re putting the spotlight on organizations that are working...

Best Start at Black College Expo
Last Saturday, Best Start staff attended L.A. Countys Black College Expo at the L.A. Convention Center, spreading the word that college readiness...

Baby Futures Summit Opens Dialogue on Investing By Funders & Businesses
More than 70 philanthropic and business leaders from across Los Angeles County joined forces in an historic Baby Futures Summit earlier this month at...
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