El Nido Programs

Since its inception in 1925, El Nido Family Centers has been providing critical services to the children, youth and families of Los Angeles.  Our professional staff offers innovative programs and services to meet the changing needs of a culturally diverse population including Parent Education & Family Development, Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment, Teen Parent Family Services, and Youth Development.  El Nido provides services at schools, community locations and the home, focusing its efforts in several core program areas:

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. Read more about El Nido’s child abuse prevention and treatment programs here…

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.

Business And Tech Academies

With major funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation, El Nido has created the South Los Angeles Tech Academy, and a Business Academy at our Pacoima FamilySource Center. The Academies emphasize the knowledge and skills youth need to work beyond entry level jobs, learn about occupations they may not have previously considered, and give them educational and vocational aspirations that will lift them from poverty.

The South Los Angeles Tech Academy familiarizes high-school youth with the technology industry through hands-on programming instruction, industry guest speakers and trips to tech businesses.

El Nido’s Business Academy offers career development to students in independent study school programs. Students learn about running a business and entrepreneurship, product development and business planning.

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 the the Building Stronger Families 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. Find out more about the Welcome Baby program here…

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.

Download El Nido’s 16-17 Annual Report in English or Spanish.

Gang Reduction & Youth Development

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.

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.

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.
Read more about our services here…

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.

San Fernando Valley - First 5 Best Start Regional Network Provider

El Nido’s Regional Network is funded by First 5 LA to work alongside the Best Start communities in the San Fernando Valley. Best Start communities bring together parents, community members, local organizations, and elected officials in working together to create safe and healthy communities for children 0-5 and their families. El Nido is working with the Panorama City and Neighbors and the Northeast Valley Best Start communities at a regional level to support capacity building, advocacy initiatives that support long term systems change, and mobilize resources to address issues affecting families.

Each community is working with a local network team in developing the capacities needed to effectively assume leadership positions, supporting in outreach and communication to promote Best Start communities and increase family participation, and working to identify community projects that address important issues for local families and children.

In addition to Its role as regional network grantee, El Nido Family Centers is the local network provider for the Panorama City and Neighbors partnership. The Panorama City and Neighbors Best Start includes the communities of Panorama City, North Hills, and Van Nuys. The monthly partnership meetings take place on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to learn more, please contact: Gloria Lazalde at [email protected]

Our partner, Los Angeles Education Partnership is the local network provider for the Northeast Valley Best Start. The Northeast Valley Best Start includes Pacoima, Arleta, and the City of San Fernando. If you would like to learn more, please contact: Lissett Lazo at [email protected] or visit https://www.laep.org/


Con el auspicio de First 5 LA, El Nido Family Centers ha formalmente asumido el rol de apoyar a las comunidades de Best Start en el Valle de San Fernando, Región 3. Las comunidades de Best Start reúnen a padres, miembros de la comunidad, organizaciones locales y políticos electos para trabajar juntos y crear comunidades seguras y saludables para niños de 0 a 5 años y sus familias. El Nido esta trabajando con las comunidades de Panorama City and Neighbors y Northeast Valley Best Start a nivel regional para apoyar el desarrollo de capacidades, iniciativas de abogacía que apoyen cambios sistemáticos a largo plazo, y movilizar recursos para abordar los problemas que afectan a las familias.

Cada comunidad está trabajando con un equipo local que les proporciona apoyo en desarrollar capacidades necesarias para efectivamente asumir posiciones de liderazgo, proporciona apoyo en promocionar las comunidades de Best Start y aumentar la participación de más familias, e identificar proyectos comunitarios que aborden problemas importantes para las familias y los niños que viven en estas áreas.

Además de su función a nivel regional, el equipo de trabajadores de El Nido Family Centers también tiene el rol de dar apoyo directo a la asociación de Panorama City and Neighbors. Panorama City and Neighbors Best Start incluye las comunidades de Panorama City, North Hills y Van Nuys. Las reuniones mensuales de la asociación se llevan a cabo el cuarto martes del mes de las 5:45 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. Si desea obtener más información, comuníquese con: Gloria Lazalde en [email protected]

Nuestro colaborador, Los Angeles Education Partnership ha sido escogido para proveer apoyo directo al Northeast Valley Best Start. Northeast Valley Best Start incluye las comunidades de Pacoima, Arleta, Sylmar, y la ciudad de San Fernando. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con: Lissett Lazo en [email protected] o visite la página web https://www.laep.org/

Program Updates

Updates, announcements and info about El Nido's programs serving the children, youth and families of Los Angeles
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El Nido Family Centers Scholarships

Help El Nido Students Achieve Higher Education Goals Every spring, El Nido Family Centers recognizes the achievements of a number of our college-bound clients by awarding them with scholarships.  Since 1992, the scholarship program has awarded financial assistance to over 500 current and former clients who are pursuing advanced education degrees. It extremely rewarding to invest in these young people...
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El Nido Family Centers Donor Impact Report 2020 Year-End Update

Thank you!  Your support has allowed us to continue helping families in person and remotely throughout the pandemic. Our 2020 Year-End Update Report is a testament to what is possible when El Nido’s community of supporters comes together to support families in crisis. Your Support Shores Up the Front Line This past year, supporters have given PPE, food, clothes, books,...
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El Nido’s Culinary-To-Go Program Helps Families Cook Healthy Together

Each week, El Nido’s Culinary To-Go program provides families with grocery boxes and recipes to cook healthy meals with the ingredients.  Together, families enjoy wholesome, nutritious meals along with a family-friendly activity, during our virtual cooking classes. How does our project work? We give out fresh produce boxes with bilingual recipes and all the ingredients needed to make 2 large,...
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Thank You to Our Virtual Volunteers!

Thank you to our Virtual Career speakers and Tutors who reflect Martin Luther King’s message of service and love to the community.
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El Nido Family Centers Virtual Chefs’ Table Event 2020

Save the Date! Though we cannot be together in person at our annual Garden Gala this year, we’ve decided to take our party online! On Saturday, October 17, 2020, we invite you to dine with us from your home — as a community — as we come together to support El Nido Family Centers.  Dinner will be provided by our...
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Cedars-Sinai Foundation grant awarded

El Nido Family Centers is proud to announce a new grant and partnership with Cedars-Sinai and project partner Alba-Walker Life Strategies in an innovative non-profit and private practice collaboration to expand mental health services to families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the project is to improve the mental health and family functioning of low-income residents in the...
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El Nido’s 2019-2020 Impact Report

This has been already been an unprecedented year of great hardship for the Angelenos we serve, however due to the generosity of our donors from across this great city and beyond, many thousands of vulnerable youth and families have access to a better future. We’ve just completed El Nido’s 2019-2020 Impact Report, summarizing accomplishments from across our programs and highlighting...
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Support Youth: Transition to College and Career

The Junior Board’s mission focuses specifically on raising funds for a subset of the organization’s activities, which is to help at-risk youth transition successfully to higher education and careers. This is particularly important during these unprecedented times: the pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and many of the organization’s clients are facing significant financial and personal obstacles that...
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Black Lives Matter: A Message from El Nido Family Centers

Justice, Justice shall you pursue… (Deuteronomy 16:20) We share the obligation to pursue all types of justice: racial, economic, social. We hurt from the brutal police killing of George Floyd and the resulting nationwide civil unrest, compounded by the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with its economic and psychological effects. We are outraged by these injustices and feel loss...
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