Best Start Communities

The BSFF implementation plan emphasizes six family and community-level core results:

  1. Family capacities – knowledgeable, resilient and nurturing parents
  2. Social connections – families participating in positive social networks
  3. Concrete supports – access to services and supports that meet families’ needs
  4. Coordinated services and supports that meet families’ needs
  5. A common vision and collective will to strengthen families
  6. Social networks and safe spaces for recreation and interaction
 

BSFF South El Monte/El Monte (SELMEM)

The South El Monte/El Monte community is characterized by residents’ strong sense of pride and high level of connection to their fellow neighbors. In fact, many young adults who have moved from the area for employment or education opportunities elsewhere return to live and work in the community. The community leadership in South El Monte/El Monte is described as “homegrown, emerging, connected to education and connected to residents.” The SELMEM community’s devoted leadership and tight-knit community are an ideal combination that can encourage the collaboration that transforms communities into places where young children can thrive.

PAC/LAC is a partner agency in the SELMEM collaborative, sharing oversight of the community partnership and providing training directly to residents including leadership development and self-care strategies to empower residents to reach their objectives and strengthen their community.

BSFF Wilmington

Collaborates in the Wilmington community have evolved from focusing on primarily mental health-oriented services within the elementary schools to an increased variety and number of existing and active partnerships. The Service Planning Area (SPA) 8 collaborative now includes local cities, school districts, community- and faith-based organizations, as well as the local oil refineries. Additional partnerships were developed to engage other sectors including local law enforcement and the City of Los Angeles. The Wilmington community is also home to several programs that help to prepare younger generations of leaders, including high school programs and youth coalitions.

PAC/LAC is a partner agency in the Wilmington collaborative, providing leadership training focused on personal responsibility, change management and other tools needed to enhance residents’ ability to lead their community growth and ensure a healthy environment for families.