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Helping Families and Kids Off to Their Best Start

A life of service may have been predestined for Public Affairs Officer Alfredo “Freddy” Lee, who comes from a long lineage of community service-oriented family members who have selected careers helping those in need medically, educationally and spiritually. “My grandmother was a nurse and then later a professor in Mexico, my father is a pastor, [...]

PCIT Conference Draws Hundreds

Nearly 400 people attended a First 5 LA-supported, two-day conference on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, earlier this month at UCLA to hear the latest on this method of treatment. Close to half of the participants were from Los Angeles County and part of the L.A. County PCIT Training project, which is First 5 LA’s [...]

Best Start Communities Help Literacy Take Flight for Families

Parents and their children from Best Start Communities are participating in the Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre “Engaging Families in Literacy” Workshops, which informs parents about the important role story time plays in a child’s development of language and how it can increase the parent-child bond. “I had heard that there was this opportunity and [...]

First 5 LA and St. Francis Medical Center Celebrate “Welcome Baby” Prenatal and Infant Care Program

A celebration for the “Welcome Baby” program at St. Francis Medical Center, launched in 2013 through an award of nearly $5 million from First 5 LA, was held recently in Lynwood with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard D-Calif. and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) among those participating in the program.

The Welcome Baby/Intensive Home Visitation program is a First [...]

Residents on the Rise in Lancaster

Thirty-five-year-old Maria Arcega never imagined that volunteering with Best Start Lancaster would be the catalyst that helped her and her family improve their eating and exercise habits. It also inspired her to share what she learned with her community. Omar DeLeon, 34, was an unemployed single father when he moved from Los Angeles to Lancaster. [...]

Become a Vendor for Best Start!

Here’s an opportunity to offer your services to support Best Start communities! Join us in South LA on Thursday, August 28, for a workshop to learn how to become a vendor for Best Start. Areas of interest include audio visual, catering, child care, facilities rental, event supply rental, interpretation/translation, and transportation. See below for more [...]

CBAR Opens Doors for Two Young Participants

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Tran needed community service hours for his college application. When his mother, a registered nurse, invited him to join her at a Best Start South El Monte/ El Monte Partnership meeting last summer, Tran admits he was unsure what to expect. “I thought, ‘I’ll go listen to what they have to say,’” he [...]

Paying it Forward in a New Role

Congratulations to First 5 LA’s Camille Donnell, recently elected to serve on the Greater Long Beach YMCA Early Childhood Education Board of Managers, a role that Camille feels is an ideal opportunity for her to give back – to help others benefit from the kinds of programs that, as a child, she benefited from herself. [...]

Home Visiting Victory

Home Visiting programs in California have received an $11.9 million boost from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 14.5 percent of which will likely go to help new mothers and infants in Los Angeles County. U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell last week announced $106.7 million in FY [...]

Trash Shall Not Pass!

The temperature was already rising at 7:30 a.m., promising another scorching day in South Los Angeles. But the heat could not deter members of the Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Community Partnership from picking up trash at their first Watts clean-up event. Citing how non-residents often dump trash, tires and furniture in this neighborhood, 19 Partnership members [...]