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When Joshua was 2 years old, his high energy and aptitude for learning prompted his stay-at-home mother Marlene Cole to seek out a high quality day care facility in the Westside of Los Angeles that could further his developmental growth and connect him with other young children outside of their apartment building.  She was in for a rude awakening.
First 5 LA, an early childhood advocacy and public grantmaking organization, today named Chief Operating Officer John Wagner as its Executive Vice President. In this new role, Wagner will be responsible for developing partnerships with Los Angeles County government officials, agencies and departments as part of First 5 LA’s new approach to working with the County to create greater impacts for young children. Wagner also will continue to oversee First 5 LA’s Administrative division.
Intergenerational learning enriches young and old alike— building respect, a sense of security and community, and an appreciation of diversity.​ Join us as we celebrate Grandparents and share ways to help foster healthy relationships between generations, whether your child’s grandparents live near or far.
From statewide gatherings in Sacramento to local neighborhood talks in Eagle Rock, First 5 LA leaders spent the month of August sharing their expertise and learning from others about key issues affecting young children and their families.
Gov. Jerry Brown has until September 30 to sign or veto bills sent to him by the state legislature. This date marks the end of a two-year legislative session which reflects a number of significant wins for children and families, as well as some disappointments.
Connecting the dots between strengthening families and building community, the latest “snapshot” by the Children’s Data Network (CDN) at the University of Southern California School of Social Work highlights the efforts underway in a number of Best Start Communities and elsewhere to bolster the Protective Factors.
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Early Childhood Matters is a monthly newsletter published by First 5 LA on our work and the latest news regarding early childhood issues. Our goal is to inform you of our efforts to strengthen families, the communities in which they live and the systems that support them.

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