Best Start Metro Los Angeles
Where we grow up matters — it can determine if we have access to healthy food, safe places to play, quality medical and child care and ultimately whether a child will survive or truly thrive as they grow into an adult. Best Start is First 5 LA’s new place-based effort, a $450-500 million multiyear investment in 14 communities throughout L.A. County, designed to empower community members and stakeholders to work together and build upon existing services, programs and resources to ensure that children are born healthy, maintain a healthy weight, are safe from abuse and neglect and are ready for kindergarten. To maximize the potential for success in the Best Start communities, it is essential that this effort be driven and informed by the communities themselves.
Best Start Metro LA
In 2009, First 5 LA announced its partnership with Para Los Niños as the convening agency to create, facilitate and support the implementation of the first Best Start community, Metro LA. The Best Start Metro LA community is bounded by Olympic Blvd. to the north, Jefferson Blvd. to the south, San Pedro St. to the east and Normandie Ave. to the west. It includes diverse neighborhoods including parts of Pico-Union, Koreatown, USC North, and South Park in Downtown.
Best Start Metro LA seeks to accomplish the goals of Best Start by supporting a committed partnership between parents, business owners, child and health care providers, community service agencies, faith-based leaders, government officials and other community leaders who will work together to build solid resources for our children, ultimately making our community as a whole stronger. In October, 2010, Best Start Metro LA hosted its official launch, a Community Festival, at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Over 600 parents and children participated in this, along with 50 organizations serving the Best Start Metro LA community.
If you are interested in learning more about Best Start Metro Los Angeles, click here or please contact Brenda Aguilera at baguilera@paralosninos.
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