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Metro LA

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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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. [...]

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.