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Implementing Best Start LA: Momentum Grows in Metro LA

paffairs@urban.org ( Ian Hill, Sarah Benatar)
Urban Institute
November 1, 2011
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This second case study of the implementation of Best Start LA finds that the place-based investmentdesigned to improve the well-being, development and care experienced by children ages five and underhas made good progress during its second year, gaining momentum as it has become more firmly established in the downtown Metro LA pilot community. <em>Welcome Baby!</em> home visiting appears to be a high-quality service that could serve as a model throughout Los Angeles County. Community strategies have been funded through a series of "first step" contracts with various local agencies. And systems-level efforts appear to be laying the groundwork for important changes that could make Los Angeles communities more family-friendly for parents with young children.

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