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Investment Guidelines

First 5 LA, in partnership with others, strengthens families, communities, and systems of services and supports so that all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. Since 1998, 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.

The Commission’s investment guidelines are that First 5 LA will:

  • Focus on prevention.
  • Focus on systems and policy change.
  • Seek to have a broad impact, affecting large numbers of people.
  • Prioritize investments that strengthen families and, whenever possible, improve community capacity.
  • Prioritize the identification and scaling up of evidence-based practices.
  • Engage partners at the earliest possible stage of activity and/or investment.
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