Student & Community Services

We work to strengthen family environments and reduce barriers for children, youth, and adults to thrive. Using protective factors, we create safe and connecting spaces for 4,000 children and caregivers each year.

Student and Community Services (SCS) supports our charter school teachers, students and families in strengthening social, emotional, and physical well-being. Through provision of supports on-site at our charter schools and in the surrounding communities, SCS and PLN Charter Schools partner together to ensure students and their families are supported holistically so they can learn and thrive in school and in life.


Family services provides comprehensive support services to families with children from birth to 21 and are designed to prevent child abuse and strengthen families. Family Services provides in-home counseling, case management, individual therapy, couples therapy food and motel vouchers, clothing and utility assistance, parenting classes, parent advocacy classes, support groups and referrals for mental health services, medical care, job training and legal assistance. Family services also sponsors community-wide events that promote family socialization and connections.


Our Mental Health Services offer therapeutic services to children 0-21 years of age including specialized Birth to 5 services as well as trauma specific supports. Our program works collaboratively with our Early Education sites, Charter Schools and our other programs in Students and Community Services, supporting the child or youth along with their caregivers and teachers.


Youth Workforce Services provides academic, workforce and post-secondary education preparation and training to youth, ages 14-24, including paid and unpaid work experience, basic skills training, computer literacy, mentoring, career counseling, job placement, case management, and other activities. Additional services include tuition and book reimbursement, bus tokens, gas reimbursement, food and clothing vouchers, childcare referrals, mental health referrals, and a variety of services to support the youth reach their employment and academic goals.


Best Start Region 1 is a community movement funded through First5LA that strengthens families and communities. Through community partnerships, work groups, and neighborhood leadership groups, community members identify and address family and community barriers that impact healthy outcomes for children. Community residents develop leadership and advocacy skills, increase knowledge of systematic barriers and the resources that exist to keep their families healthy and safe, and make strong connections with one another and with local officials, positioning themselves as advocates and change-agents in their communities, and for their children.


Funded through the Department of Public Health, Cal Fresh Healthy Living inspires and supports families in leading healthier lives through increased knowledge about and access to healthy food and recipes, water drinking campaigns, physical activities, and on-site school gardens. This program funds our evidence-based CATCH Physical Education program at all charter schools.


Founded by the LA County Department of Mental Health, Innovations 2 includes LAUSD, community residents, and six agencies: Pathways LA, St. Anne’s, Para Los Niños, Children Bureau, Asian Pacific Counseling Center, and Peace Over Violence. Using trauma informed practices like the Community Resilience Model (CRM), the collaborative program seeks to build both community and systemic capacity to prevent and address the impact of trauma. Supporting the creation of community groups where residents can build social connections, leadership skills, and identify community resources, Innovations 2 provides social and emotional support to help build individual and community resilience. They also provide professional development, coaching, and support to school administrators and teachers to create environments that are safe for learning and building positive relationships.

Parents reported improved relationships with their children

Over 13,000

Mental Health Sessions Each Year

Best Start Metro Families that reported knowing how to to cope with and prevent violence

News & Updates

Healthy Choices for Moms, Kids, and Communities

Los Angeles, CA – Para Los Niños and Champions for Change invite you to join them for a 5K to support economic justice for all women, and address the need for greater open spaces and healthier lifestyles in the community. Moms Helping Moms 5K is on Saturday, May 11th at LA State Historic Park and …

Making Healthy Choices Part of the School Selection

Making Healthy Choices Part of the School Selection Champions for Change and Para Los Niños partner to teach wellness to students and families  Los Angeles, CA – Para Los Niños and Champions for Change are excited to incorporate wellness into the upcoming Prospective Family Nights across all three of their charter schools in Downtown Los …

Transforming Communities

Shared Exploration of Health and Wellness Community Collaboration Coming to Koreatown through Para Los Niños and Best Start Metro LA Los Angeles, CA. –   Senderos A Bienestar, of Para Los Niños, and Best Start Metro LA will be moving to the First Baptist Church in Koreatown, to share a space for greater impact. The new …