History and Background

In 1998, California voters passed Proposition 10, placing a tax on tobacco products to fund children’s programs. First 5 LA’s commitment is to strengthen the collective will within communities, organizations, and systems to promote the safety, healthy development, and well-being for children prenatal to age five and their families across the 14 Best Start communities.

Community partnerships – collectives of community leaders, parents, residents, and others – in each of the 14 communities have worked together to support each other and implement activities that support their vision for children and families.

Today, First 5 LA is moving each Community Partnership into a regional and local network structure that is anticipated to meet the following goals:

Goal #1:

By 2020, community partnerships have a structure that reflects the capabilities, values, and approach required to cultivate a strong collaboration between parents, residents, and organizations around a shared vision for children prenatal to age 5 and their families.

Goal #2:

By 2020, the community partnerships are positioned with the relationships, skills, and resources needed to drive a community change agenda that advances policy and systems changes in their communities.

Best Start Region 2

Region 2 encompasses Best Start Broadway / Manchester (BSBWM), Best Start Compton / East Compton (BSCEC), Best Start Watts / Willowbrook (BSWW), and Best Start West Athens (BSWA). Since 2018, Community Health Councils (CHC) has been serving as the Region 2 Grantee to provide oversight and support across all four communities. CHC is providing Capacity Building to ensure that each community is positioned to advance their individual and collective community change agendas.

CHC is a policy and systems change organization with the mission to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations. CHC works collaboratively with stakeholders to transform communities.

To learn more about the work CHC is doing in the communities, click here.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

Best Start Region 2, a partnership funded by First 5 LA and stewarded by Community Health Councils, with leading community-based partners, Girls Club of Los Angeles, Poder Consulting Group, and Coachman Moore & Associates, is committed to advancing the practices of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to achieve sustainable policy and systems-change across the South Los Angeles region.

Best Start Region 2, and any associated members or leaders will embrace this commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion by welcoming all community members regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, national origin, veteran status, social-economic class, religion or any other perceived difference. It is important for this to be a shared mutual commitment as we strive for the common goal of creating positive outcomes that benefit families and children.

Our experience demonstrates that bringing people together from various backgrounds and cultures drives solutions by leveraging different points of view. Respecting everyone’s background, culture, and life experiences are essential to collective agency and power in advancing policy and systems change.