“I just want to thank El Nido for changing my life”
Anderne found El Nido Family Centers through her husband, who spotted a sign for El Nido’s Early Head Start program outside her doctor’s office. He signed up their third daughter for the program on the spot. “My life has never been the same since.” Anderne explains, “I just want to thank El Nido for changing my life.”
Anderne and her family have participated in a wide range of El Nido programs including the infant health program for children ages 0-3, parent education and counseling and education on the dietary needs of children and their growth processes. She has received groceries for her family from the “Nutrition in a Bag” program and vital supplies for her children through El Nido’s partnership with Baby2Baby. Anderne attends biweekly play parties with her children, participates in a toy loan program weekly and receives childcare from the Café, which allows Anderne to complete her homework while her children play. She and her children have also gone on nature walks and field trips to places such as Long Beach Aquarium with El Nido.
Anderne hopes to pass on the value of an education to her children. “I am currently in school majoring in liberal arts and my goal is to become a teacher. El Nido allows me to come and receive childcare while I quietly complete my homework. They also made it possible for me to go to the Early Head Start Conference.
“I love all the staff at El Nido! They all get gold stars from me and I have never not liked anyone from El Nido.” Two of her favorite people there are her first Home Visitor, Stacy and Patricia. “My favorite person at El Nido was Stacy. My family and I had grown so attached to her that she was like family to us. She would help us in ways that you could never imagine and she taught me how to be a better parent.”
Patricia has also been an instrumental figure in Anderne’s life. “She has made a tremendous impact on my life. She was very supportive, especially when I was going through a family emergency. She has given me so many opportunities to learn,” Anderne explains. She adds, “If you are truly in need of an agency that loves you, and cares about you and your children, El Nido’s Early Head Start program will be a blessing to you.”
“My life has never been the same since,” Anderne explains, “I just want to thank El Nido for changing my life.”