GOAL 1
Invest in Our People

Our region must continue to make progress in ensuring that  L.A. County’s youth and adults are educated, prepared, and trained for the highly technical, knowledge-based careers of the future.

Build human development support infrastructure to focus on the “whole” child

Conduct landscape and gap analyses to better understand, coordinate and scale existing early childhood programs, and fill resource gaps along the prenatal-through-career continuum

Cal State Northridge

Increase system-wide alignment across early childhood, preK-12, family and community engagement organizations, and governmental agencies, to collaborate on all dimensions of human development: physical and mental health; cognitive development; and social and emotional skills

Cal State Northridge

First 5 LA

  • Home Visiting Program: LA County Perinatal and Early Childhood Home Visiting Consortium
  • Development screening and connection to services: Help Me Grow
  • Data partnership: Children’s Data Network

Establish a strong foundation for future learning and success by improving access to quality early childhood programs and family engagement in each child’s development

Advocate for greater access to affordable child care, high-quality early childhood development, and learning / preschool programs with trained practitioners

First 5 LA

  • Early Childhood Education Policy Advocacy
    • Policy Advocacy Fund
    • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
    • Quality Rating & Improvement Systems – planning and site improvement

Educate expectant mothers and fathers about the importance of prenatal care, developmental screenings and play-based learning, and educate families about available resources

First 5 LA

  • Home visiting: Welcome Baby and select home visiting programs
  • Family engagement: Abriendo Puertas, Project Dulce
  • Development screening and connection to services: Help Me Grow

Integrate data systems and technology across agencies to improve education and career training outcomes

Introduce new accountability systems to measure program and education effectiveness including child and student learning and development so that we better understand where service providers and schools are struggling, and how to help them continuously improve

First 5 LA

  • Early Childhood Education Policy Advocacy
    • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
    • Quality Rating & Improvement Systems – planning and site improvement

Integrate up-to-date labor market and occupational data across the workforce systems in developing and resourcing job training programs

First 5 LA

  • Early Childhood Education Professional Development
    • Workforce Registry
    • Credential advocacy