Families Together for Kids in LA

Families Together for Kids in LA County

About the Family Survey Panel

Families Together for Kids in LA County (Families Together) is an early childhood survey panel that gathers essential information on the needs, development, behaviors, and well-being of children and their families in Los Angeles County, California.

Families Together provides an opportunity for a group of diverse families to share ongoing feedback. Families share their perspectives and experiences on a range of topics such as health, child care, and family support. This data is then shared back with participating families and with Families Together project partners.

Families Together is dedicated to centering family voice and ensuring that families drive how their stories and perspectives are shared. LA County families were involved in the initial development and launch of Families Together. When surveys are completed, families help to review the findings and prioritize data for broader dissemination across LA County. Democratizing the data in this way is a central focus of this project. Families Together is committed to making data accessible, usable, and inclusive to anyone and everyone.

How Do Families Participate in Families Together?

Families are invited to participate in the survey panel through email, web, and social media advertising and outreach. Participants are also reached through word–of-mouth recommendations and regional family-serving organizations.

To register to be part of Families Together, families provide contact and demographic information as well as their language and communications preferences. After registering, participants receive periodic surveys and other engagement opportunities, such as focus groups, interviews, advisory groups, and more.

Panel Findings

Surveys completed by the Families Together for Kids in LA County panel in 2021-2022 found that the pandemic negatively affected children’s social skills and negatively affected children’s behaviors and emotions. The panel also found that families who received the child tax credit monthly payments in 2021 largely used it to cover their basic needs.

To learn more and share these insights with others, check out the infographics below:

Who Is in the Panel?

The panel is composed of 525 parents and caregivers in LA County who have children under the age of 8. Families Together includes all caregivers that are directly involved in the raising of a child, including biological, adopted, kinship, and foster families.

In the Families Together panel, 74% of participants identify as Hispanic, Latino or Latinx, 14% as White, 5% as Black or African American, 5% as Asian (not Filipino or Pacific Islander), 5% as American Indian/Alaskan Native, 2% as Filipino, 1% as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 2% prefer not to say.

More than half of participants have preschool and elementary-aged children, with 53% of participants having children in preschool and 39% of participants having children in elementary school. Almost one-third of panel members are caregivers of toddler aged children (31%), while 18% of participants have infants and 6% of participants were pregnant at the time of joining the panel.

Over 150 unique zip codes from LA County are represented in the panel. More than half of the families (57%) are raising their children with annual household incomes under $60,000.

Families Together for Kids in LA County is sponsored by Quality Start LA, in partnership with First 5 LA and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.