Non-Profit Child Development Center Now Open At East Los Angeles Civic Center

By EGP News Service

Disney’s Handy Manny (left), Actor Wilmer Valderrama (middle left) and County Supervisor Gloria Molina (right) attended the inauguration of the a new child development center located inside the East Los Angeles Civic Center on Aug. 1.

Disney’s Handy Manny (left), Actor Wilmer Valderrama (middle left) and County Supervisor Gloria Molina (right) attended the inauguration of the a new child development center located inside the East Los Angeles Civic Center on Aug. 1.

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.

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August 6, 2009  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


3 Responses to “Non-Profit Child Development Center Now Open At East Los Angeles Civic Center”

  1. Carol Almarez on November 9th, 2009 7:04 pm

    I am so proud of this place and all the wonderful things that have been done by all the wonderful people who took part in making this possible. Gloria Molina, and all the other wonderful and generous people. Thanks so much.
    But please tell me how can I help. I specialize in helping children learn to read, I have worked for LAUSD for 15 yrs. I’m great at storytime and crafts. I am also bilingual. Feel free to call or e-mail.
    Thanks again to all you wonderful people!!

  2. Editor's Note on November 9th, 2009 7:09 pm

    You may want to consider attending this event for people interested in volunteering to read to children:
    Saturday, Nov. 14, 10am-1pm—First of two L.A. Public Library GAB Volunteer Reader training sessions at the El Sereno Branch Library for interested adults 21 and older. Learn about popular children’s titles and successful read aloud techniques. Volunteers will work two hours a week for six months at a northeast area library Training, background checks and fingerprinting are mandatory. The second session will be held Nov. 21, same location. For more information, visit the library online at, or call GAB at (213) 228-7487.

  3. patrick urias on August 17th, 2012 5:06 pm

    i need help with my child and child care. how would one go about enrolling or finding out how to get my child in?

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