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FREE DOWNLOAD: Best Start Community Perspectives

We are excited to share with you “Community Perspectives”—inspiring stories of leadership and change from our 14 Best Start communities in Los Angeles County. Click below to download your copy in English or in Spanish:                               Community Perspectives 2014 English   [...]

Community Member Spotlight: Pat Henson

It’s no surprise that a 70-year-old woman with 38 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren would eventually tire of running a children’s daycare center. But a year after closing her center, Pat Henson reopened it, and she credits Best Start with providing the inspiration. She remembered the first time she heard about Best Start. “I was at [...]

Certain Parenting Skills and Breastfeeding Are Strengths in Best Start Communities

Parents and caregivers in Best Start communities are doing well in areas of parental stress, giving praise and breastfeeding, but could use help with preschool enrollment, access to parks and availability of fruits and vegetables, according to preliminary results from a new survey. The Best Start Family Survey included 4,232 interviews with adults in the [...]

Community Member Spotlight: Mary Romero

Being pulled over by a police officer is seldom fun, but 49-year-old Mary Romero was pleasantly surprised recently when an officer gave her a “fix-it” ticket. “He looked at my driver’s license, then he looked at me and said, ‘You must weigh half of this,’” Romero recalled. At the time her driver’s license photo was [...]

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 [...]