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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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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. [...]

November Commission Meeting Summary

  On Thursday November 10, Best Start staff updated the First 5 LA Commission on the status of Best Start. Click below for the extensive Summary in English and Spanish: ENGLISH November 14 Commission Meeting Notes English SPANISH November 14 Commission Meeting Notes Spanish

Local Control Funding Formula – Help LAUSD Schools Receive the Funding They Need to Ensure All Students Succeed

Under California’s new education funding policy, school districts must submit income verification to the state on each of their students in order to qualify for increased state revenue. LAUSD is currently requesting that parents submit household income forms to determine the district’s current and future funding levels under the new formula. The new Local Control [...]

Building Stronger Families Framework Implementation Funded for up to $4.6 Million

The First 5 LA Commission is allocating up to $4.9 million in funds to begin implementing the Building Stronger Families Framework within its 14 Best Start Communities. The Best Start framework reflects First 5 LA’s belief that if parents are strong and communities support families, then child health, safety and school readiness will improve. Towards [...]

October Commission Meeting Summary and Power Point

On Thursday October, 10, Best Start staff updated the First 5 LA Commission on the status of Best Start. Click below for the extensive Summary in English and Spanish and the Power Points: ENGLISH October 10 Commission Meeting Notes English October 10 Commission Meeting Power Point English SPANISH October 10 Commission Meeting Notes Spanish October [...]