First 5 LA

First 5 LA is a leading early childhood advocate working in partnership with others to strengthen families, communities and systems of services and supports so that all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. First 5 LA believes that when we invest wisely in children and their families, we are investing in the future of L.A. County. We know that parents and caregivers are at the heart of a child's development, so they are at the center of our work.

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Best Start Communities: Take your seat at the table

Where you grow up matters. It can determine if you have access to healthy food, safe places to play, and quality medical and child care - and ultimately ensure that our children have the best start.

Community change takes a collective effort- a community-wide resolve to overcome challenges and work together to achieve a shared vision that will make a difference for children and families. ThroughBest Start, First 5 LA works with parents and caregivers, residents, organizations, businesses, and government institutions in 14 L.A. County communities to decide how to create the best possible environment for children and their families for years - and generations - to come. Visit their website to learn more.

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby provides L.A. County pregnant women and new moms with information, support and a trusted partner to help them through the journey of pregnancy and early parenthood. Through Welcome Baby, parents develop skills to create a supportive home-learning environment and get linked to the information and services they need to ensure their child's healthy growth, reduce abuse and neglect, and ultimately help their children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The free and voluntary, hospital-based home visiting program is available to all L.A. County families who deliver or plan to deliver at one of 14 participating Welcome Baby hospitals, regardless of income status. Visit their website to learn more.

First 5 LA Website

First 5 LA's websites provides parents with young children valuable resources and information on how to raise a child who is ready to succeed in school and in life. Included are articles organized by topic or age, a calendar of free and low-cost activities for kids, and discount coupons. Visit their website to learn more.

First 5 LA Family Guide

First 5 LA's quarterlyFamily Guideis a free English/Spanish resource providing parents with tips, articles, resources, healthy food recipes, low-cost activities for kids, and discount coupons. TheFamily Guidecan be found at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers, local libraries, LACOE/Head Start Centers, LAUP schools and First 5 LA grantees.