El Nido Programs

Our professional staff offers innovative programs and services to meet the changing needs of a culturally diverse population producing positive outcomes across Los Angeles. 

El Nido provides services at schools, community locations and the home, focusing its efforts in several core program areas:

FamilySource Centers

The FamilySource Centers are a One Stop Resource with locations across the City of Los Angeles. The centers offer services to low-income families and families with young children. El Nido is honored to lead the FSC efforts in Pacoima and South Los Angeles, and partner in this collaborative project with some of the best organizations in the city.

Collectively, we have created true neighborhood centers, offering services including; counseling, parent education, employment assistance, legal aid, financial literacy, adult education, tutoring/homework assistance, recreational and cultural activities, youth leadership development, and community events. El Nido’s FamilySource Center (FSC) in Pacoima has been designated as one of the best performing in the City.

Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention & Treatment

Abused, neglected and at-risk children are referred by the Department of Children and Family Services to El Nido for comprehensive services. Some of these children are in foster care; others remain with their families under the supervision of child protective services workers. El Nido’s Master’s-level professionals partner with families to build upon their existing strengths, enhancing family functioning and treating underlying trauma.

Building Stronger Families

The Building Stronger Families program is based on the premise that families are central to ensuring that children are healthy, safe and prepared for school. Families thrive in the context of communities that provide them with support, services and opportunities to connect with one another. The activities of Building Stronger Families are sensitive to the skills of the young parents and provide customized support to each parent. Parent Circles, mentors for young parents, advocacy training, and community-based research are provided through this grant and are parent-led and parent-driven.
El Nido’s implementation of this program in Compton focuses on children ages 0-5, the formative years during which long-term development is greatly impacted. El Nido’s trained staff will provide Compton-East Compton children with the best start in life, ensuring they are healthy, are safe from abuse and neglect, and are ready to succeed in school and life.

Welcome Baby

Welcome Baby is a free program that benefits all women regardless of income, risk or potential challenges funded by First 5 LA. The program— offered at no cost to providers and hospitals— includes trained professionals who work with patients on site at the hospitals and in their homes. Registered Nurses and Parent Coaches provide individual support and information on topics like bonding and attachment, breastfeeding and home safety.

Parent Education Program

This critical program is the first line of defense against potential child abuse/neglect, school failure/dropout, teen parenting and other problems El Nido addresses. Skilled facilitators teach parents, in a culturally appropriate manner, information about child development, loving discipline methods, strategies for promoting school success and effective communication. Parents share their experiences with one another, gain support and learn new ideas from their peers.

Best Babies

San Fernando Valley Best Babies Collaborative (BBC), funded by First 5 LA, is made up of six agencies working together to reduce poor birth outcomes in communities with a large concentration of high-risk pregnancies. Agencies work together to improve and expand coordinated prenatal and interconception care through intensive in-home case management, social support, health education and counseling.

Select Home Visitation

The Select Home Visitation program, funded by First 5 LA, partners families with a Parent Educator that will develop a plan to address their family’s needs. Visits are designed to build the protective factors and reduce risk factors. The Parent Educators use an evidence based early childhood home visiting model called Parents as Teachers (PAT). PAT was developed to build strong communities, healthy families and children that are healthy safe and ready to learn. Model-Certified Parent Educators emphasize parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being as they deliver services to families. The PAT program is designed to increase: the parents’ knowledge of their child’s health and development, school readiness and parent involvement; improve: parenting practices, parent-child relationships, child health and development and family health ; and prevent: child abuse and neglect.

Gang Reduction & Youth Development - Prevention

The Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program (GRYD) is funded through the Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles. Program goals are to reduce gang participation by identifying youth (10–15) who are at high risk for joining gangs. GRYD provides comprehensive assessment, counseling, psychosocial education and case management to address underlying risk factors. A key strategy is to link youth and families with a broad range of services, engaging them in constructive activities, connecting them with positive social supports and empowering them as agents of change.

Teen Family Services

Consisting of Cal-Learn and the Adolescent Family Life Program, through home visits, trained case managers reach out to teen parents who are isolated, overwhelmed and unprepared for the challenges of parenting. They assess the unique needs of each teen parent and baby, and link them with services that help both to thrive, including health care, counseling, educational assistance, vocational training, housing, nutritional and/or income support.

Early HeadStart

In El Nido’s local implementation of this national model, a team of child development and health specialists works with economically disadvantaged parents of children age 3 and under. Center and home-based services engage parents and babies in activities that promote motor, language, conceptual, and cognitive skills, while empowering parents as their children’s first teachers to prepare them for school success. Offered in Inglewood and South Los Angeles.

Harold Cares About Your Future

Harold Cares About Your Future is a job preparation program that provides teen mothers and fathers with knowledge of the world of work, vocational skills and opportunities. Funded by the Harold Edelstein Foundation This 13-week program covers topics including; money management, career and goal exploration, resume writing, job interviewing techniques, labor law and job retention, plus basic life skills including financial literacy, stress management and pregnancy prevention.

Compton Youth Development Program

The Compton Youth Development Program (CYDP) addresses the broader issues for males and females at risk of delinquency, gang involvement, school failure, dropout and teen parenting. CYDP offers a counseling component that promotes behavioral health, educational attainment and vocational planning. CYDP meets the need for positive youth development activities, partnering with foundations, corporations, other non-profits and volunteers to offer a range of appealing, educational and skills-building programs.

Program Updates

The latest program happenings at El Nido

Early Head Start Kids Visit Tooth Fairy Cottage

El Nido’s Early Head Start families visited the Children’s Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles – Tooth Fairy Cottage on May 18, 2017.  Families learned about the anatomy of the mouth, participated in a craft activity, were shown how to brush and floss their teeth, and were provided with a toothbrush.
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El Nido’s Building Stronger Families 2nd Annual Teen and Young Parent Conference

El Nido’s Compton based Building Stronger Families (BSF) Program hosted a very successful teen parent conference at Cal State Dominguez Hills on May 2nd. The goal of the conference was to build stronger social connections between teen and young parents, social service providers, CSUDH and other Compton Community stakeholders. Thank you, Saul Figueroa, El Nido’s BSF Director, and Phu Phan, MSW...
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W.M. Keck Foundation Awards Grant to El Nido for Tech and Business Academies

El Nido is proud to announce the Business and Tech Academies thanks to a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The two-year project will provide youth with hands-on opportunities to explore career paths requiring post-secondary education, including business administration, finance, marketing, culinary arts, computer science and software application development. The goal is to transition these vulnerable youth from high...
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California Community Foundation Awards Grants to El Nido Family Centers

Funds Help Parents Effectively Guide Their Children’s Education, Gain Advocacy Skills, and Obtain Vital Health Care Services According to Executive Director Liz Herrera, “Parents in Los Angeles can be overwhelmed when attempting to navigate the options for education and health care for their children. With the funds from the California Community Foundation, El Nido staff has been providing parents in...
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CBS / KCAL: People Making a Difference featuring El Nido’s Richard Doran

CBS / KCAL Los Angeles recently featured El Nido Family Centers on their People Making a Difference segment. Reporter Lisa Sigell interviews professional photographer Richard Doran about his volunteer work teaching photography at El Nido Family Centers and student Roberto Lopez about his new passion for making photography his career.  
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FamilySource Center Beautification Project in South Los Angeles

Thank you to Gibson Dunn for helping to make our new FamilySource Center in South-West Los Angeles welcoming, and all of the volunteers who made this beautification project possible!  Here are some photos from this fantastic day… [gm album=23]   El Nido transforms lives for more than 10,000 Angelinos every year…here’s how we do it…  
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El Nido Family Centers Announces New Building Stronger Families Program

We are proud to share the news that El Nido has been selected to implement the Building Stronger Families (BSF) Program at our new Compton site.  Funded by First 5 LA and part of Best Start Compton-East Compton Movement, BSF is based on the premise that families are central to ensuring that children are healthy, safe and prepared for school....
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Garden to Table Luncheon Event Celebrates Educational Culinary Arts Program

PACOIMA YOUTH AND FAMILIES WILL PROSPER FROM GARDEN AND EDUCATIONAL KITCHEN El Nido Family Centers, Councilmember Fuentes and Hugo’s Restaurants Partner on Program When the tomato, squash, and zucchini seeds were planted, when the rosemary, mint and cucumbers were picked, and when the carrots, green onions and lettuce were transformed into tasty appetizers, a community came together. By growing the...
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Our Garden to Table Luncheon was a Great Success!

On Thursday, April 16th, El Nido Family Centers, in partnership with Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and Hugo’s Restaurant co-owners, Emily and Tom Kaplan, brought together businesses, corporations, foundations, and individuals for a very special luncheon at the Pacoima Community Center in part to celebrate El Nido’s 90th Anniversary. The over 90 in attendance enjoyed the beautiful, newly painted courtyard with the...
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