Los Angeles


First 5 LA Issues Progress Report on Early Childhood in Los Angeles

Groups interested in understanding the current state of early childhood in Los Angeles County now have access to a new and vast amount of data they can mine to make informed decisions about how best to design and deliver social programs.


Despite Budget Woes, L.A. Votes to Preserve Career Development Program for Youth 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to continue funding a job training program aimed at helping marginalized teens and young people gain paid work experience. 

Though the [email protected] program has not been included in the county’s 2020-21 budget, Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger proposed finding $20.7 million in the supplemental budget to keep the program running, a plan that was unanimously approved. 


L.A. Leaders Look to Save Job Training Program for Foster and Homeless Youth

As coronavirus cases surge and the reopening of the economy gets rolled back, Los Angeles County leaders are searching for funds to protect a job training program aimed at helping vulnerable teens and young adults get crucial work experience. 


In a Victory for Youth Advocates, Los Angeles Cuts School Police Budget by 36%

Despite a bitterly divided school board, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted on Tuesday to strip $25 million from its school police department, after mounting protests have highlighted the experiences of Black students on campus.


Letter to Editor: Article Did Not Fully Capture Recent Meeting

On June 15, The Imprint published an article, “Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Commissioner Says,” which described parts of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children & Families’ June 15 virtual meeting. 


Time to Abolish Racist Foster Care System, Children’s Commissioner Says

The nation’s fast-evolving rage and newfound commitment to upending long-standing racial injustice spilled into the normally staid meeting of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families on Monday, with several members describing the nation’s largest foster care system as racist and ineffective in its previous efforts to combat the pervasive overrepresentation of black and brown children taken from their parents.


Home Visitors Left to Check on Parents from Afar

Ebony Middlebrook has spent a decade dropping by the homes of Los Angeles newborns and their families as a “home visitor” for Welcome Baby, a free program that coaches moms and dads on issues like early childhood development, breastfeeding, recognizing the signs of postpartum depression, and obtaining medical coverage. 


Los Angeles Drops Need for Court Appearance for Uncontested Adoptions During Court Closures

Hundreds of uncontested adoptions in Los Angeles County have been hung up at the final stage since the coronavirus slowed in-person court appearances to a crawl, but that’s about to change.


Outrage Over Looting Misses Point, Young People in Los Angeles Say

Eight years after her 14-year-old cousin was shot and killed by law enforcement during a mental health crisis, Los Angeles youth activist E.V. is closely watching the protests against police brutality that have now gripped every major American city.