Race and income do not determine one's future in Long Beach--it's a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy.


To create a healthy Long Beach with low-income communities of color by building community knowledge, leadership, and power.

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A: 425 Atlantic Ave. 

     Long Beach, CA 90802

T: 562-436-4800

E: hello@lbforward.org

© 2018 by Long Beach Forward, a project of Community Partners

Children and Families

Best Start Central Long Beach

An initiative of First 5 LA, Best Start Central Long Beach is working to create the best possible community for young children and their families. Best Start brings together parents, community organizations, institutions, and others to improve policies and resources to better support parents and create a community where children and families can thrive. Best Start also provides the skills-building and leadership training to help the group achieve its goals and ensure that children are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

Partnership Meeting

Members of the community are invited to join the monthly Partnership Meeting to find a space to contribute to this movement. Food, translation in Spanish and Khmer, childcare, and transportation assistance are available.


Members of the Partnership report feeling their participation as “meaningful” and a “reminder that it is possible to change our community.” It’s also a space to make connections to others with similar experiences and learn about resources in the community,


Join us at the monthly Partnership Meeting:

Third Thursday of each month

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Andrew Mandujano at andrew@lbforward.org or 562-912-7366 to confirm the meeting location and if you need childcare or transportation assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend resources within a budget. It’s a way to empower people within a community to get involved in budget decisions that will impact their lives. Through Summer 2020, Best Start Central Long Beach will engage in a Participatory Budgeting process to decide how to spend $450,000 on community identified projects.

Do you want to submit an idea to help the Best Start Central Long Beach community shape a healthy and connected Long Beach for babies, children, and their families? Submit your ideas through February 7, 2020 using the forms below!

Region 4 Best Start Network Building & Collaboration Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Region 4 Best Start Network Building and Collaboration Grant Program until March 11, 2020. The purpose of the grant program is to strengthen the collective will within communities, organizations, and systems to promote the safety, healthy development, and well-being for children prenatal to age five and their families. All grant requests must align with at least of the Best Start Central Long Beach community priorities. For more information and to apply, find the applications below in English, Spanish, and Khmer.