Supervisor Kuehl also serves as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners of First 5 LA, an innovative funder, leader and advocate on early childhood issues working collaboratively across LA County. Created in 1998 to invest L.A. County’s allocation of funds from California’s Proposition 10 tobacco tax, First 5 LA has invested more than $1.2 billion in efforts aimed at providing the best start for children from prenatal to age 5 and their families.
Here’s the Supervisor’s recap of this month’s First 5 meeting:
At this month’s First 5 LA Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, we were briefed on progress resulting from the Home Visitation motion I was pleased to introduce at the Board of Supervisors. First 5 LA continues to explore ways in which their significant work and investments can be leveraged within the broader context of available public and private programs.
As we move forward, we must begin with a solid baseline on any program we are developing. To me, that means taking inventory of existing programs and research with an eye to outcomes and best practices.
This year I want to continue the themes of collaboration, integration, and cooperation between First Five and the County. I can’t think of a better example of these principles than the participation of three people who sit on the Board of Commissioners: Dr. Jon Sherin, Director of Mental Health; Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health; and Brandon Nichols, the Acting Director of DCFS.
We are so fortunate to have people who are committed to working seamlessly and across disciplines. In their minds, the sky’s the limit on how they can leverage County resources. I’m thrilled they are here, thrilled we have the benefit of their experience and look forward to seeing the good work we all do together.