Dear Early Childhood Advocate,

Welcome to Early Childhood Matters, a monthly newsletter from First 5 LA. In every issue, we will focus on our work to improve outcomes for young children by strengthening families, the communities in which they live, and the systems that support them. Thankfully, we aren’t alone in this work. We hope learning about our collaborative efforts inspires you to learn more about the issues affecting our youngest residents and their families and how, together, we can ensure that all children in Los Angeles County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

Thank you for reading and let us know what you think.

Kim Belshé
Executive Director | First 5 LA

Early Childhood Matters Provides Monthly In-Depth Features, Latest News on Giving Kids the Best Start
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Best Start Moves Forward - As a young child growing up, Maria Contreras bore witness to years of domestic abuse suffered by her mother. After she married and had children of her own, Contreras felt history cruelly repeat itself in her  South Los Angeles home. Read More »
From Policy and Systems Change to Programs:
Commissioners' Corner - A New Year Brings New Faces and Roles:
Former Homeless Mom Learns Home Is Where the Heart Is:
Women should be screened for depression during pregnancy and after giving birth, an influential government-appointed health panel recommends:
In a baby’s crucial first years, 700 new neural connections form every second, aiding future learning. Here’s how to help:
California voters may have a say on November ballot initiatives funding prenatal care, early childhood development and curbing childhood poverty:
Policymakers, Experts and Advocates  Provide Their Insights on an Important  Topic Regarding Children:
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Our Mission

First 5 LA, in partnership with others, strengthens families, communities, and systems of services and supports so all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

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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