Guadalupe Tápia: Mother Knows Best
In 1999, single mother of three-year-old Allen, Guadalupe Tápia was struggling to manage her career and childcare. Her boss at the time encouraged her to go to Para Los Niños. She was so impressed by her visit she enrolled Allen just days later to what is now The Tina & Rick J. Caruso Early Education Center in Skid Row.
Guadalupe saw that PLN was so much more than just another school – the education in academics and social-emotional skills made her determined to keep them enrolled in PLN as it grew. So in 2002, when PLN opening their Elementary School, she was one of the first parents to enroll her child. Guadalupe witnessed, first-hand, the growth of CES from bungalows to the thriving school it is today. She also saw the growth in her children.
“I am very grateful to Para Los Niños because they have been an invaluable support with my children’s education and for those of us who work,” said Guadalupe referencing PLN’s early drop-off and late pick up times that enable parents to know their children are safe and cared for even during non-school hours.
Today Guadalupe’s daughter is about to enter 8th grade at the PLN Middle School and her son, now 22 is enrolled at El Camino College. Despite working full time in the denim industry, she makes time to contribute to the schools, serving on parent committees and leading the PLN Annual Day of the Dead Altar preparation for the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Guadalupe is so glad her boss recommend PLN all those years ago. “I may not have money, but the only inheritance I can perhaps leave my children is an excellent education,” said Guadalupe. “For me two things are certain: you have to give it your best effort and education always comes first.”