Early Childhood Matters Provides Monthly In-Depth Features and Latest News on Giving Kids the Best Start
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On behalf of First 5 LA, I want to wish you a restful
and joyous Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

As we begin the Holiday Season, we give thanks for
the opportunity to work with you and many others to 
contribute to a better tomorrow for our youngest 
residents and their families. 
With appreciation –

As watchful eyes focus on how the White House and Congress transition to a new administration, what remains unclear is how these changes will steer early childhood priorities decided in Washington, D.C. that could impact child care, health, early education and more for families in every corner of the nation.
Yes, 8th grade can be a challenging time for a teenager. Christina Altmayer faced all these tests growing up on New York’s Long Island. And then, tragically, another challenge literally landed on her doorstep.  “My mom’s sister died of cancer,” Altmayer recalled. “And then her husband – my uncle –  had died in a car accident. My mom said, ‘I have to take care of my sister’s children.’ I was one of six kids and suddenly we had ninAs a young boy growing up in Oakland, Carl Gayden was, well, a bit spoiled.  “What kid has a G.I. Joe aircraft carrier?” he recalled.  But behind the Toys “R” Us shopping sprees was an emptiness brought upon by his parents’ marriage woes, which led to divorce and a move to an unfamiliar neighborhood.  This was compounded by a complicated relationship with his father. On one hand, he was the young Carl’s hero, imbuing him with a love of sports. On the other hand, he was the demanding perfectionist – forcing Carl to hit fastballs in the batting cage until he had blisters.
How can we create strong families from diverse backgrounds? First 5 LA was joined by LA Parent Magazine, Kids in the House, PBS SoCal, Lil' Libros, Kimberly Cooper, Mixed Roots Stories, and Mixed Up Clothing to learn more about the diversity of multicultural, multiracial and multilingual families.
These Commission Summaries are intended to provide highlights of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners’ actions to advance the outcome areas of First 5 LA’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  At the October 13 Commission meeting, highlights include approval of a strategic partnership with Abriendo Puertas, approval of First 5 LA’s support for Propositions 55 and 56 and approved financial actions involving two legacy investments involving the health and development of young children.
4 People and a Point to Ponder – “What Lessons Can Sports Teach Young Children?
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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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