TRAINING & ADVOCACY

 √ Building Stronger Families
Engages young parents ages 12-24 years to innovate community-based solutions to existing challenges improving concrete supports, particularly quality of services to young parents with children prenatal to age 5.

√ Local Council Support Team / Best Start West Athens (BSWA)
GCLA serves as the Local Council Support Team for Best Start West Athens. BSWA is a partnership of parents, caregivers, residents, community-based organizations, business owners and government representatives working together to create a community where children and families can live their best life.  “It Starts With Us” is BSWA slogan because we have the power to improve our community.  BSWA vision is to develop a collaborative community support system to enhance, enrich, educate, and empower all residents.   https://www.beststartcommunities.com/

Best Start West Athens is First 5 LA’s primary investment for engaging communities in a common vision and intention for children and families to thrive, working to strengthen community leadership and collaboration across sectors. Best Start is a promise that every child in Los Angeles County enters kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. https://www.first5la.org/best-start-networks

√ Early Learning Alliance (ELA)
Enables ECE providers to improve quality and financial suitability through a shared services model. (Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative 16 agency members)