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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

Dr. Drew Furedi Joins Para Los Niños as New Superintendent of Charter Schools

Dr. Drew Furedi, Superintendent of Charter Schools

Para Los Niños is pleased to welcome Dr. Drew Furedi as our new Superintendent and Vice President of the organization’s charter schools. Dr. Furedi has more than 20 years of experience in school systems and nonprofits, including several years in senior leadership roles with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Drew brings a wealth of experience in running excellent schools, developing highly talented teachers and school leaders and successfully navigating complex systems ,” said Martine Singer, President & CEO of Para Los Niños. Continue reading…

Common Core Goes Elementary at PLN

PLN elementary student

As the new Common Core State Standards transform K-12 education across California and the nation, Para Los Niños’ elementary school is ready for the change. Faculty have received new instructional materials and trainings and attended various conferences on the new standards.  “An understanding of the new expectations and the underlying rigor associated with each standard needs to be inherent in everything we do,” says PLN elementary school principal Mynor Montiel. “We are exploring the objectives for each content area, interpreting them for our pedagogical and curricular approach, and then providing the appropriate professional development for our teachers.” Continue reading…

PLN Students Flash Their Musical Prowess

MF Program Director, Jonathan Terry and PLN 5th graders playing flutes

The sounds of classic pieces of music filled the middle school gymnasium last month as a number of our students got the opportunity to perform live for their families, teachers, and peers thanks to the work of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF), which provides music student mentors and lessons to our kids. Elementary and middle school students played a variety of songs on flute, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, violin, guitar, percussion and piano, and the middle school chorus delivered moving renditions of several songs.  “Believe it or not, these students only began our program at the beginning of the year,” explained YMF program director Johnathan Terry, “These concerts give them a chance to show to friends and family what they have been able to accomplish in that short year.” Continue reading…