Best Start Metro LA
First 5 LA partnered with Para Los Niños in Metro LA to launch the initial Best Start community, located in Central Los Angeles, north of USC (University of Southern California) and along the 10 Freeway.
The Para Los Niños mission for Best Start is to ensure that community stakeholders steer the initiative. As the lead convener for promoting positive change within the first Best Start community, Para Los Niños serves as a neutral facilitator of Best Start goals, which are to build resources and provide access to activities that improve the well-being, development and care experienced by pregnant women, parents and families and young children.
First 5 LA has also joined forces with Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA) in this community to provide a free program, Welcome Baby, that works with community clinics and hospitals to help pregnant women and moms with newborns take the first steps to their babys best start.
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News and postings
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Photo Essay: Panorama City & Metro Best Start Leaders Learn From Reporter
A reporter from La Opinion Newspaper met with leaders from Panorama City and Metro Los Angeles to share reporting tips and writing skills to inspire and motivate others in their community change efforts. The parent and resident leaders left the meeting at the First 5 LA offices with more knowledge and new connections.
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 [...]
Bringing Good Mojo to Metro
Deisy Guitierrez, Maria de Lourdes Gonzales and Ruth Andrade are bringing some good New Orleans mojo to their Best Start Metro LA community. The three Best Start Metro LA mothers – along with Para Los Niños staff and First 5 LA Public Affairs Officer Freddy Lee – joined thousands of other leaders from across the [...]
Families Get Up and Move!
Finding fun and inexpensive activities for entire families to participate in can sometimes be a challenge even in a large city like Los Angeles, especially for low-income neighborhoods. That is why the Best Start Metro Los Angeles group decided to bring family activities to the community instead. This Saturday in Metro LA several families participated [...]