Educational Institutions

Para Los Ninos

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.paralosninos.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Para Los Niños Programs

ruling year

1980

chief executive

Ms. Martine Singer

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Keywords

children, youth, families, education, family services

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EIN

95-3443276

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Family Services (P40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

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Program 1

Para Los Niños Programs

Early Education Programs: Eight centers provide high quality care, education, and enrichment to over 700 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, in Downtown LA/Skid Row, Westlake/Pico Union, East Los Angeles, Cypress Park, Atwater Village, Burbank, and East Hollywood.

Charter Schools: Para Los Niños operates Gratts Primary Center, Charter Elementary School and the Charter Middle School serving 1100 students.

After-school Programs: We provide after-school programs including educational activities and enrichment at all our school sites.

Youth Workforce Services: Youth Workforce Services prepares nearly 1,000 youth (ages 14-21) for success in post-secondary education and the workforce.

Family Support Services: 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 Family Resource Centers providing immediate assistance and long-term case management to families; 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.

Senderos (Pathways) provide parent support circles that focus on healthy eating and living for students and their families.

Best Start Metro LA focuses on empowering parents to be community leaders and advocates.

Category

Human Services

Budget

$27,491,128.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation

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Para Los Ninos
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Para Los Ninos

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Martine Singer

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marjorie E. Lewis

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

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