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.

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

Zero to Five

Para Los Niños is committed to mitigating the impacts of multiple stressors on the lives of the youngest children in our society and their parents. Starting with the transition into parenthood for a pregnant mother or couple, through to transitioning their child into first grade.

Para Los Niños offers:

  • pre-natal support and post-partum psychotherapy to new mothers
  • in-home counseling
  • safety planning
  • parenting and support understanding child development and age appropriate expectations
  • specialized mental health services to children using evidenced base practices such as:
    • Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy

To support pre-verbal children and young children learning to understand their bodies and communicate, PLN has specialists and an Occupational Therapist who focus on sensory integration as a means to connecting mind to body and being able to work through the early impacts of trauma.

It is our goal to catch these issues as early as possible to address and support parents toward the safety, well-being and cognitive development of their children.

If you are pregnant or not quite a year post-partum, you can connect to services by calling(213) 413-1466 and asking for Partnerships for Families.

If you are looking for mental health wellness support for you and your 0-5 child, you can connect to those services by calling (213) 623-8446.

Empowering Families

Para Los Niños is committed to the strengthening of families and preventing child abuse and neglect through co-creating safe and nurturing environments for children and their caretakers. Para Los Niños does this work in Service Provider Areas 4 and 6 (Metro/Downtown and South LA) and in collaboration with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Public Social Services, and over a dozen community partners.

Para Los Niños offers:

  • intensive in-home case management
  • individual, couples and family therapy
  • center based psycho-educational and psycho-social support groups (from Nurturing Parenting, Project Fatherhood, Domestic Violence Support Groups and Life Skills Groups, to name a few)
  • concrete support through our relationships with:
    • Shelter Partnerships
    • Baby2Baby
    • United Way Emergency Food & Shelter Program
  • Direct in-home case management
    • Eligibility for families with one of the following criteria: families engaged with DCFS, mothers who are pregnant or one year post-partum, or engaged in Cal-Works.
  • Concrete supports and Psycho-Education and Psycho-Social support groups are open to the community at our various centers, schools and partner agencies throughout Service Provider Areas 4 and 6.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more information about our services, classes, or upcoming training opportunities please contact us at (213) 814-1550.

Parent Engagement

A core component of our mission is the engagement of parents in their child’s success. Together, PLN and parents can work to help children and youth reach their full potential.

Through the collaborative support of Charter School leadership, First 5 LA and the Department of Public Health, Para Los Niños is actively involved in creating the space for developing local leaders to build their capacities toward leadership, school and civic engagement and local grass-roots governing.

At our Charter Schools there are specific spaces dedicated for parent education, planning and leadership around English Language Learning and School Governance through our School Side Councils and English Language Advisory Committees, as well as opportunities for parents to build their educational, literacy and volunteer capacities to support their children in school.

Local Control &
Accountability Plan

This plan is used to identify annual goals, specific actions, and measure progress for student subgroups across multiple performance indicators, including student academic achievement, school climate, student access to a broad curriculum, and parent engagement, among others. School districts and charter schools are required to obtain parent and public input in developing, revising and updating the LCAP. Parents have opportunities to volunteer and participate in English Learning Advisory Committees (ELAC) and School Site Councils (SSC).

Best Start Metro
Los Angeles (BSMLA)

BSMLA is the pilot community and one of 14 Best Start communities county-wide, formalized in 2010. Their vision is a sustained, organized community partnership that maintains healthy and safe neighborhoods for children and families.

There are more than 450 active parents, community residents, agency and government representatives, that form the BSMLA partnership. Families themselves build the protective factors surveyed, but the neighborhoods and communities provide the context and opportunities for parents to strengthen parental capacity, promote social connections, and provide concrete supports.

93% BSMLA Families are below the Federal Poverty Line
72% do not have a high school diploma
97% Hispanic
93% primary language is Spanish

Senderos a Bienestar

Senderos a Bienestar is focused on promoting healthy eating and active living through education and capacity building. Working across 11 PLN sites, they focus on developing lasting partnerships to support the physical well-being of students and families.

With support from the Department of Public Health, we focus much of our school-based community engagement work on promoting: healthier eating; more physical activity; drinking more water and fewer sugary drinks, and using CalFresh benefits to buy healthier foods for home.

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 …