Best Start Metro L.A.


IMG_2587Brenda Aguilera
Director of Best Start Metro Los Angeles
Phone: 213-250-4800

Best Start Metro LA (BSMLA) is a sustainable, organized community partnership that maintains healthy and safe neighborhoods for children and families.  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. Best Start Metro Los Angeles is the pilot community and one of 14 Best Start communities.

Best Start is a place-based initiative and the strategic vision funded by First 5 LA to improve the lives of young children and their families by positively impacting the systems and environments in which they live, learn and play . Best Start provides the opportunity for communities to create partnerships that are representative of the people living, working and experiencing life within the community.  Best Start contributes to First 5 LA’s efforts to build strong children through a place-based approach that focuses on promoting the qualities of strong families and healthy communities that are most closely associated with improved child outcomes.

Best Start Metro LA promotes the vision of empowering parents as leaders in the community. Families themselves build the protective factors, but the neighborhoods and communities in which they live provide the context and opportunities for parents to strengthen parental capacity, promote social connections, and provide concrete supports – to build the protective factors associated with improved child outcomes.

The Best Start Metro Los Angeles 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.

If you are interested in learning more about Best Start Metro Los Angeles, please contact Brenda Aguilera at

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BSMLA Data Deck

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BSMLA Resource Guide

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BSMLA Structure

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