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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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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 [...]

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 [...]