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Best Start Families Framework Rolls Out

First 5 LA has recently undertaken the rollout phase of the Best Start Families Framework, or BSFF, at each of the 14 Best Start Communities, marking a significant step in the initial implementation of the BSFF. Approved by the First 5 LA Commission in November, the $4.9 million, six-month BSFF implementation plan represents a place-based [...]

A Most Welcome Visitor

Ruby Morua was worried. As a young woman in her first pregnancy, she was concerned about her breast milk. “It wasn’t coming out like regular milk,” said the 19-year-old from Palmdale. “I asked if it was normal.” The answer – “Yes” – came from a home visitation professional with the Welcome Baby program who had [...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Learning to Eat Healthy in Long Beach

Cilantro, celery, lettuce, and green beans are all vegetables easy to plant and grow in your backyard, and that’s exactly what 13-year-old Ashley Posada was teaching families how to do at this year’s Kids in the Kitchen event in Long Beach. It was 10 a.m. in almost 80-degree weather and dozens of families were arriving [...]

VIDEO: Covered CA Forum in Watts-Willowbrook

On November 20, 2013 the Watts-Willowbrook Best Start Community Partnership held a meeting on the Affordable Care Act and Covered California. Local experts and organizations came together to  provide concrete support to the community by linking them to information, vital resources and health services. The purpose of the meeting was to address concerns about the [...]

A Humble Honor

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Best Start Communities Program Officer Luis Rivera was among more than a dozen distinguished individuals and organizations recently honored by People for Community Improvement, or P.C.I., for their outstanding community service. Rivera, who works with the Best Start Community of Watts-Willowbrook, facilitated a number of community partnership [...]

Open Enrollment Continues For Covered California Through March 31

On Oct. 1, 2013, Covered California began enrolling eligible Californians for health insurance coverage that will take effect on January 1, 2014. Families who do not have health insurance from their employer or another government program (such as Medi-Cal), or for whom that form of insurance is not affordable, may qualify for help with premiums. [...]

A Real Page-Turner

Working as a nanny in Malibu, Alma Rodriguez marveled that the wealthy children she cared for received anything they needed or wanted for their educational development, including special classes and tutoring. She knew, however, that she could never afford the same for her own children. But rather than become filled with resentment, Alma was filled [...]

Gonzalez Selected to Lead First 5 LA’s Best Start Communities Effort

Los Angeles native and El Monte resident Rafael González has been selected as Director of the Best Start Communities Department at First 5 LA. As Director, González will lead a department of 28 in First 5 LA’s ongoing work to support young children and their parents in 14 communities across Los Angeles County. González comes [...]

Free Download: Ready For Kinder Workbook by Panorama City & Neighbors

Enjoy a free download of Ready for Kinder, a workbook brought to you by Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors! This bilingual workbook can help your child learn important concepts needed to get ready for kindergarten. Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors is a group of parents, professionals and residents living and/or working in Panorama [...]

VIDEO: Best Start Metro LA and Panorama City & Neighbors Joint Communications Workgroup

On December 5, 2013, members of Best Start Metro LA and Best Start Panorama City & Neighbors held a joint workgroup meeting at the First 5 LA offices to share and learn about each other’s communications efforts and beyond. Pilar Marrero, journalist of La Opinión Newspaper, made a special appearance to share reporting tips and [...]