FIrst 5 LA

Established as a result of the voter-approved California Children and Families Act (Proposition 10) of 1998, First 5 LA is an independent public agency mandated to achieve results that improve the lives of children, prenatal to age 5, and their families. Our independence allows us the flexibility to design and test new ways of doing work and implement innovative strategies that strengthen child- and family- serving systems and prioritize resources to young children, their families and communities most in-need.

Since our inception, we have invested more than $2 billion in county and community efforts to improve conditions for young children and families. The FY 2022-23 budget of $105.9 million makes First 5 LA one of the largest investors in early childhood wellbeing in the country.

First 5 LA has the financial resources; deep relationships with parents, residents and community leaders; partnerships with the diverse family-serving public systems throughout LA County, and 24 years of experience and learning. We are grounded in the values of Collaboration, Integrity, Learning, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that imbue our work with one another and alongside community; governed by a Board confident in First 5 LA’s strategic direction; and led by a team of mission-driven, passionate, adaptive, and capable professionals. First 5 LA is an employer of choice with a high retention rate. All these assets put us in a unique position to make meaningful progress toward our highest aspirations for children, their families, and communities in the years ahead.

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