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LynnAsmallPara Los Niños is transforming lives by closing the achievement gap for children in poverty.  Our early education centers and schools build on a child’s innate strengths and resilience, preparing them to be critical thinkers, creators and innovators.  Each early education center and school is a family and community resource, providing a progressive, whole child approach to education supported by a range of critical social services including mental health, parent engagement, guidance in securing food and shelter and specialized programs to help families in crisis. Our mission is to ensure our children and families have the tools and supports they need to succeed in school and in life. Para Los Niños serves more than 7,000 children and their families each year.


Latest News

Passionate Commitment Is the Star at PLN Hollywood

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Adeline Fernandez comes to work each morning ready for something new. “Every day is a learning experience. Every day we have a chance to impact a child or family in a new and positive way,” says Adeline.

Adeline, Assistant Director for Head Start, works from the PLN Head Start site in Hollywood where dozens of kids come daily to learn and grow. Continue reading…


Learning to do Whatever it Takes

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Danitza Aquino, a Nursing Assistant at The Atlantic Memorial Healthcare Center in Long Beach, had been up for 24 hours after taking on an additional shift because a co-worker had called in sick. “There was a particular patient about whom I was very concerned and I wanted to make sure he got the attention and care he needed. So I stayed on to be there for him.” Continue reading…


Helping Families in Need at Ralph’s Garage

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It’s a weekday morning and Ralph Guirado walks into his office at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Child and Family Center to start his day. He’s just about to sit down at his desk to check his work email when the phone rings. “Hi Ralph, I’ve got a family that needs…” This is usually how Mr. Guirado’s day begins. “What I do is support families,” Ralph says, “It’s our mission to help families and it’s what I love about this work.” Continue reading…