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Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Hosts Resource Fair and
Community Walk at Ted Watkins Park
Family activities, music and games to encourage parent-child bonding
Los Angeles, CA – Best Start Watts-Willowbrook will host its Our Families are Powered by Watts Resource Fair and Community Walk Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Ted Watkins Park. The event aims to promote physical activity and link families to resources within the community that help improve the lives of children ages 0-5.
The Community Walk kicks off at Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) with a tour of WLCAC and an exercise session. From there, community members will walk to Ted Watkins Park for the Resource Fair. Along the near mile walk, community members will be introduced to resources such as the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, Department of Social Services and the Watts Health Center.
Watts-Willowbrook resident and Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Leadership Group and Partnership member, Reginald Johnson said, “connecting residents to resources is important. The members of the Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Partnership are excited that we’re able to highlight these fantastic resources within our community because many of them are within walking distance of each other. Whether someone is looking for childcare, transportation or employment, we will have a variety of organizations from the community at the park ready to engage with residents.”
Throughout the day attendees will have access to resource booths stationed at Ted Watkins Park, as well as fresh produce for purchase provided by Watts Farmers Market. Other activities include an interactive J.A.M. session from the LA County Arts Commission, a bike show presented by Eastside Riders Bike Club, hula hoop lessons led by Hoop it Up and much more.
“This event would not have happened without the tireless work of the Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Partnership. The Partnership has led the way working with First 5 LA to identify the needs of the community and spending months planning activities to address those needs. We have such a dedicated group of community members who are focused on improving the lives of children in Watts. I’m extremely happy to see all of our hard work come to life through this event. This is one of many events that will connect parents and residents to resources to come,” said Luis Rivera Best Start Watts-Willowbrook program officer.
Best Start Watts-Willowbrook, which is one of four partnerships in South Los Angeles (SLA), consists of community stakeholders, including parents and residents from Watts that are committed to working as partners to transform Watts into a place where young children can grow up safe, happy and healthy. The SLA Best Start communities also include Compton – East Compton, West Athens and Broadway Manchester.
Our Families are Powered by Watts Resource Fair and Community Walk is one of many efforts from Best Start to achieve its four goals: children are born healthy, maintain a healthy weight, are safe from abuse and neglect and are ready for kindergarten. Through these types of fun and engaging events, Best Start encourages parents to help improve the lives of their children and the future of their communities.
Best Start Watts-Willowbrook is always looking for community members to join the Partnership. To learn more, please visit www.beststartla.org/watts-willowbrook or contact Best Start Watts-Willowbrook Program Officer, Luis Rivera at 213-482-7526 or
Best Start is an effort of First 5 LA, a child advocacy organization created by California voters to invest tobacco tax revenue in programs that improve the lives of children ages 0-5 in Los Angeles County. Through Best Start, parents, residents and community leaders work together to strengthen communities with the goal of ensuring they are places where children grow up safe, healthy and happy. Best Start focuses its efforts on children ages 0-5 because studies show that 90 percent of brain development occurs in the first few years of a child’s life.
First 5 LA is dedicating resources to support the development and implementation of community strengthening plans in 14 communities throughout Los Angeles County: Central Long Beach, Compton/East Compton, East Los Angeles, El Monte and South El Monte, Lancaster, Metro LA, Pacoima, Palmdale, Panorama City, South Los Angeles, Southeast Cities (including Bell, Cudahy, Bell Gardens and Maywood), Watts-Willowbrook and Wilmington.