2019 Annual Report
Thank you for being a part of the
Para Los Niños community, and for supporting the profound work we do across Los Angeles for thousands of children and families in need.
It has been an incredible year for us! We welcomed a visit from former First Lady Michelle Obama, kicked off our new five-year strategic plan, and celebrated the impact of our Youth Workforce Services program at an incredibly successful Annual Benefit Dinner – just to name a few highlights.
You will see in the pages ahead that we continue to see profound results for our clients across our early education centers, charter schools, and student and community services sites.
As this was the first year of our new strategic plan, we spent a great deal of time assessing the quality of our work, the needs of our families, and the opportunities for us to systematize and grow. In this discovery process we laid the foundation to reach our goals. These findings and our progress are outlined on page 10.
One of the areas we identified for a greater impact is in place-based care in Hollywood. This year, to give families more access to services in that area, we added two additional infant and toddler sites–expanding our ability to serve families longer and maximize outcomes for Para Los Niños children and families.
As we head into our fortieth year this January, we are so proud of our history and thrilled to continue our mission of providing excellent education, empowering families, and strengthening communities in Los Angeles.
This work is only possible with the support of donors and partners like you. Inside you will find a list of our 2019 donors; we are so grateful for their generous contributions and belief in our efforts and our families.
Together, we are helping children and youth thrive.
Helping Children Thrive
“The investments we make today in disadvantaged young children promote social mobility, create opportunity and foster a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive society and economy.”
Nobel Laureate in Economics, James Heckman, Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago
THE CRUZ Family Story
“It’s the care and nurturing of the staff that defines Para Los Niños,” Nelly said. “My son was able to get the extra nurturing he needed while at school and I grew as a parent during that time as well.”
Nelly Cruz found Para Los Niños (PLN) over 15 years ago while looking for a new school for her son, Jason. She felt he wasn’t getting the kind of attention he needed to be his best self in the crowded halls of the district school he attended. She immediately saw a difference at the PLN elementary school campus and appreciated the free after-school programming. She could use that time to work longer hours and provide for her family.
At the time of Jason’s enrollment, Nelly was in the process of separating with her husband. It was very hard on the Cruz family, particularly on Jason, who became depressed. Thankfully, PLN staff quickly identified his needs and set Jason up with counseling to manage his emotions and the transition at home.