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Lancaster

Best Start Lancaster

There is a long tradition of collaboration in the Lancaster community. Although the area maintains a small-town feel, the transition from being a rural to an urban area is apparent as new city centers have popped up throughout the region. During this transition community leaders laid a foundation of strong collaborations and relationships that have continued to develop over time.

Community leadership in Lancaster is specifically described as “passionate, cohesive, collaborative, having strong teamwork, committed and involved.”  This type of community leadership, that can pull together different sectors to resolve community issues, is what can turn the community vision of Best Start into a reality.

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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   [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]