Basic Organization Information
Para Los Ninos
- Physical Address:
Los Angeles, CA
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- NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions
B21 Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions
B Educational Institutions
B24 Primary/Elementary Schools
P Human Services
P40 Family Services
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For three decades, Para Los Niños has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of children and their families who live at society’s margins. With a clear and straightforward mission to help children and their families succeed in school and in life, Para Los Ninos works to close the achievement gap created by poverty.
A newspaper article in 1979 described horrific conditions faced by children who lived in the Skid Row district in downtown Los Angeles. Latch-key children who wandered the mean streets unsupervised after school hours, they were the sons and daughters of immigrants and others who worked long hours in garment sweatshops and other low-paying jobs in downtown industries.
They lived in crumbling single-room occupancy hotels and were surrounded by unspeakable sights and human degradation. Spurred to action, visionary social worker Tanya Tull rented a nearby warehouse to provide day care for these children. And thus, Para Los Niños—for the children—began.
Today, Para Los Niños provides much more than day care. Through years of working with children who face unimaginable obstacles to success, Para Los Niños has pioneered innovative programs that put children first, value excellence in all areas, respect and embrace diversity and empower the communities it serves.
Ms. Martine Singer
Before joining Para Los Niños in February, 2012, Martine served as Hollygrove’s Executive Director for six years. She began her work there as a consultant to Hollygrove’s Board of Directors after having been a longtime supporter, volunteer and neighbor. During her tenure, she oversaw Hollygrove’s transition from residential to community-based services and its merger with the statewide agency EMQ FamiliesFirst. While at Hollygrove, she helped triple its annual budget, expanded services to South LA and initiated a master plan for its 3.5-acre campus. She also served on the team that won national accreditation for the first time for EMQ FamiliesFirst. Prior to joining Hollygrove, Martine held executive positions in several global media companies. She founded and served as publisher for the first foreign-language edition of The New York Times and launched the Los Angeles Times' award-winning online service in 1993. Martine also founded her own consulting firm serving media and communications clients as well as nonprofit organizations.
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Para Los Niños Programs
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Child Development Centers: Nine centers provide high quality care, education, and enrichment to over 700 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, in Los Angeles, South El Monte, and Ontario. Charter Elementary School: Para Los Niños opened a charter elementary school in September 2002, located at our Family Learning Complex in downtown Los Angeles. The school currently educates 320 students in 16 kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. After-school Program: We provide educational activities and enrichment through two programs: a school-based program serving 1,600 elementary and middle school-aged children, ages 5 to 13, at twelve Los Angeles Unified School District elementary and middle school campuses, including our own Charter School; and a Youth Center, located in Downtown Los Angeles, serving 60 youth aged 11 to 18. Youth Workforce and Youth Development Services: Youth Workforce Services prepares youth in the East Los Angeles area for success in post-secondary education and the workforce. Youth Development Services, Para Los Niños? newest program, will assist 540 current and former foster youth during the coming year in attaining the education, skills and experiences necessary for a successful transition from out-of-home care to independent living. Family Services Program: In order to ensure that when our children and youth go home from our educational programs, their families are prepared to provide a healthy, nourishing environment at home, Para Los Niños has three Family Resource Centers providing immediate assistance and long-term case management to families in Pico-Union, South Los Angeles, and Ontario; Partnership for Families, serving fragile families with children ages zero to five; Family Preservation Services, serving families referred for reported maltreatment; and Mental Health Services, assisting children and families dealing with mental health issues arising from living in poverty.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Para Los Niños services annually benefit 7,500 children and their families from numerous locations in Los Angeles County. Through early childhood development centers, charter schools, and other program sites, we provide a continuum of services that support children from infancy through each successive stage of school and life.
After three decades of success and thousands of testimonies, Para Los Niños effectively improves school-readiness, academic achievement, home environments - but most importantly-- children’s lives.