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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 [...]

Community Member Spotlight: Charline Nuñez

Shortly after finishing high school, Charline Nuñez organized a community youth group to help keep local kids engaged and involved. “We did car washes down the street and used the money we raised to take the kids on activities each weekend,” she recalls. “It gave them something productive to do, versus being idle in the [...]

Bridging the Child Care Gap

First 5 LA will help preserve more than 3,200 child care slots at 11 nonprofit child development providers in Los Angeles County through an investment in the Los Angeles Early Childhood Education (LA ECE) Bridge Fund. A product of the Low Income Investment Fund, or LIIF, the LA ECE Bridge Fund provides financing for early [...]

National Immunization Awareness Month

As summer winds down, many families try to fit in that last minute vacation or get ready for back to school. Vaccinations are usually the last thing on their minds. With August being National Immunization Awareness Month, just in time for the new school year, it’s a good time for educators and health care workers [...]

Early Maternal Employment Can Improve Children’s School Readiness in Lower-Income Families

Kindergarteners from lower-income families who were babies when their mothers went to work outside the home fare as well as or even better than children who had stay-at-home moms, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association (APA). This finding, in a study published in APA’s journal Developmental Psychology, is contrary to the [...]

Food For Thought

A nutrition education program in low-income child care centers can improve a child’s at-home consumption of vegetables and low-fat/fat-free milk, according to a recent study. The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the first to examine and find that a multicomponent nutrition-education program for low-income, preschool-aged children and [...]

Free to Low Cost Maternal and Child Health Care Services in Watts

Are you looking for free to low cost maternal and child health care? Watts Healthcare offers a range of services for women including prenatal care, nutrition classes, mammograms and breastfeeding counseling. They accept Medi-Cal and several health insurance plans and also offer no cost or low cost programs. Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. [...]

Creating a Structure for Change in Compton

A diverse team of concerned community members have collaborated to lay the foundation for much of the work that will be undertaken by Best Start Compton/East Compton in the upcoming months. Over a nine-month period, parents, residents, community-based organizations (CBOs), stakeholders and representatives from Best Start created a governance structure, the framework that will determine [...]