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.


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.

In 2021, through a Cedars-Sinai grant PLN’s Mental Health team spearheaded the Skid Row Collaborative for providers working with families experiencing the trauma of homelessness. Learn more on this initiative here.

Over 13,000

Mental Health Sessions Each Year


Families supported each week


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.


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.

Over 2,000

Youth Connected and Educated Each Year

Building Community

Thousands across Downtown LA and East LA


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.


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.

Collaboration for Equity

Preparing teachers and families to lead and succeed.


Advancement Project
California Strategies
Proyecto Pastoral
Inner City Struggle
Delores Mission
Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)
SPIRITT Family Services
Team Friday


Children’s Bureau
St. Anne’s
Pathways LA
Peace Over Violence
SSG-Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center


St. Annes
El Centro Del Pueblo

Subcontractee Partnerships

Children’s Institute, Inc
St. Anne’s
Shields for Families
Children’s Bureau
Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP)
Avalon Carver Community Center
Drew Child Development Corporation
Parents Anonymous
People Who Care Youth Center
Personal Involvement Center
Public Counsel Law Center
West Angeles Community Development Corporation
All Peoples Community Center
El Centro Del Pueblo

Formal MOU’s

Shelter Partnerships
Pfaffinger Foundation
Plaza Community Services
Dignity Medical
Vista Del Mar
Project Impact
Triangle Christian Center


Union Rescue Mission
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)

Formal MOU’s

AltaMed Health Services Corp
JWCH Institute, Inc
Alma Family Services
Behavioral Health Services
ENKI Boyle Heights
Exodus Recovery, Inc
Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services
Pacific Clinics
Violence Intervention Program
LAD-Public Health
Victim Witness Assistance Center
Cal State University of Los Angeles
Pepperdine University
Pacific Oaks
Cal State University Dominguez Hills
Fuller School of Psychology

News & Updates

Mental Health Training 001

Comprehensive training on DC:0-5 targeting advanced clinicians from fields of mental health, health, and early intervention who are responsible for diagnosis. Attendees will learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis, an approach which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextually and culturally grounded. Understand the contents of each axis, including Axis I: Clinical Disorders. Course will be …

PLN Best Start Joins Gov Newsom

LOS ANGELES – Para Los Niños Best Start Metro LA, East LA, and El Monte representatives were thrilled and honored to attend a tour at the Hope Street Family Center with Governor Gavin Newsom, Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, Senator Holly Mitchell and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago on August 8, 2019. The Governor and his team …

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 …