Non-Profit Child Development Center Now Open At East Los Angeles Civic Center
By EGP News Service
A new non-profit state-of-the-art child development center was unveiled on Saturday as the final piece of the East Los Angeles Civic Center, and is named after Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
The Gloria Molina-Para Los Niños Child Development Center is the first building to carry Molina’s name after many decades of public service and will provide child development services to approximately 88 local young children, from ages two to five years old, using a curriculum that will prepare them to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.
“From the very beginning, we envisioned a central, welcoming and accessible Civic Center to serve our East Los Angeles families – we dreamt of a unique hub that included cutting edge learning facilities for our children and youth – and our vision became a reality with our state-of-the-art library, and now, our state-of-the-art Child Development Center!” said Molina.
The center has four state-of-the-art classrooms with uniquely trained teachers and curriculum experts to prepare English and non-English speaking children with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.
The State Department of Education will fund the full-day childcare program and Los Angeles Universal Preschool is supporting the half-day preschool curriculum.
“I have long admired the efforts of Para Los Niños over the years to provide child care services to [Los Angeles County’s] working families and I am very excited about our partnership at the new East [Los Angeles] Civic Center,” said Molina. “The working families in this community will have the highest quality care for their children, which is why constructing a children’s center in the Civic Center complete was such a critical component for me.”
The Molina Center joins a network of six other Para Los Niños centers, which are also located in economically challenged areas, including Pico Union, Skid Row, South Los Angeles and South El Monte.
“I could not be more proud that Supervisor Molina has selected Para Los Niños to operate this center and that for the first time ever, she has agreed to allow a building to be dedicated in tribute to her longstanding commitment and advocacy on behalf of children and working families,” said Gisselle Acevedo, President and CEO of Para Los Niños. “Supervisor (Molina), I am humbled by your trust in Para Los Niños to serve the families of East Los Angeles, and I pledge to you that this will be a model early childhood education program of which you can be proud.”
Para Los Niños was established in 1980 in response to the plight of children living in Skid Row hotels. Now, the program provides integrated educational and family support services to 9,000 economically challenged children, youth and families throughout Southern California.
The Gloria Molina-Para Los Niños Child Development Center campus is located at the East Los Angeles Civic Center, 4801 E. 3rd St., and is now enrolling children from ages two to five.Print This Post
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