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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 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 [...]

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 [...]