Similarly, we recognize that families need access to quality early care and education services to help parents and to support early learning. Despite extensive research demonstrating the value of quality early learning experiences, the 2017 Needs Assessment documented the shortage of infant and toddler care, the decline in family child care homes and the high cost of child care.

Finally, services only work for families if they are available to families. That availability requires geographic, cultural and operational accessibility. At a community level, this means working with parents and local leaders to ensure that the neighborhoods in which families live prioritize young children and families, particularly those that are most disadvantaged from historical disinvestment. Through advocacy, working with leaders of the systems, and funding effective programs that can demonstrate the value of prevention services, First 5 LA is working to make the systems that are designed to support and work for families.

In addition to our work within LA County, First 5 LA recognizes that decisions made by state and federal policymakers directly impact LA’s children. To that end, First 5 LA leverages the expertise derived from our local work to shape state and federal policy, and prioritizes advocacy opportunities through our Legislative Agenda.

While our work is organized in priority outcomes areas, we know that systems supporting families must be integrated. Our staff work together to support children’s readiness for schools and parents who are empowered and engaged to facilitate their children’s healthy development. First 5 LA is working to make these systems and services work for families, because we know — whether we’re focused on parents having access to a home visitor at the time of their child’s birth, a pediatrician that can help them identify the best developmental supports for their children, a high quality preschool program, or friends and peers within their community — strong parents and families are the best investment for children’s healthy development.


Strong Families

Strong foundations support young children’s successful futures. We stand behind improved health, learning and developmental policies and systems today because they will shape tomorrow’s leaders...

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Engaged Communities

Gathered on the platform called community, parents, residents, organizations and advocates motivate and mobilize for improved policies, services and investments for young children and their families...

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Quality Early Learning

Because the brain forms lifelong pathways to learning and behavior before age 5, every child’s road to achievement begins with policies and systems that elevate early learning quality and access...

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Integrated Health

Trauma and developmental delays detrimentally detour the direction of young lives. Through county-wide systems change we envision the resiliency of communities, families, and most of all our children...

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