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.

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
Virtual Volunteering for El Nido Family Centers

Virtual Volunteering During the Covid-19 Crisis

We may all be practicing social distancing, but you can still be a virtual volunteer. Now is the time to create virtual enrichment programs for our families. Use your skills, talents, hobbies and professions that lend themselves to so many on-line classes. Here are a few suggestions: How to write a resume Mock interviews Career advice and planning Budgets and...
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Resources for Families to Keep Healthy and Learning in Los Angeles

We thank our fellow Los Angeles non-profit Families In Schools for compiling this helpful list of resources on staying healthy, and keeping yourself and children engaged and learning during this difficult time.
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Free Tax LA covid-web-updates

Get Free Tax Help from Free Tax Prep LA and El Nido Family Centers

A Message on COVID-19 from Free Tax Prep Los Angeles We are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of VITA staff, volunteers, and clients. Free Tax Prep LA sites are closed until further notice. California taxpayers will have an additional 90 days—until July 15—to file their federal and state taxes without interest or penalties under relief measures...
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Junior Board KickNic Fundraiser, January 25, 2020

El Nido’s Junior Board invites you to come spend a fun day in the park with El Nido families for our 2nd Kickball Picnic (or, as we affectionately call it – KICKNIC!) Inspired by El Nido’s mission to empower families in low-income communities of Los Angeles County, the Junior Board encourages you to come meet and spend time with the amazing...
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El Nido Culinary Kitchen Creates Delicious Dishes Ahead of the Holidays Using ALDI Ingredients

As the year comes to an end there’s no better way to celebrate than getting around the table with loved ones to enjoy delicious food. Our partnership with ALDI allowed for the Culinary Kitchen to create two dishes that are perfect for any work potlucks, friendsgivings or holiday celebrations. Using quality foods from ALDI, the El Nido Culinary Kitchen was...
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El Nido Culinary Academy and Training Kitchen Fall Recipes

ALDI (Markets) partnered with El Nido’s Culinary Academy to provide quality foods and assist our budding young chefs in preparing fresh, wholesome foods on a budget. Culinary Academy youth served a delicious meal for more than 50 children and parents, featuring products donated from ALDI Markets. We are grateful for this partnership, and ALDI’s effort to combat local hunger in...
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El Nido tech academy snapshot

Your Support Helps South LA Youth Find Role Models and Build Job Skills at Tech Academy

“El Nido is like a second family, if you don’t have anybody to talk to, you can always go there for resources, people and mentors that can help you” – Kennedy, Tech Academy youth El Nido is a mentorship opportunity to help out youth in my city that don’t get much help – Billy, Tech Academy youth During a recent...
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El Nido Family Centers’ South-West Los Angeles FamilySource Center

The South West Family Source Center (FSC) is located in South Los Angeles. We provide a continuum of  services to assist low-income families become self-sufficient by increasing family income and academic achievement for youth and adults. The FSC is a one-stop community center that offer a host of social, educational, work and family support services, including multi-benefit screening, pre-employment and employment supports, youth education and cultural after-school activities including...
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El Nido Scholarship Recipients 2019

El Nido Awards 34 Scholarships at Luncheon Event

We are very proud of our 34 young adults from Compton, Pacoima and South LA who received college scholarships. This year, two of El Nido college scholarship recipients graduated with bachelor’s degrees, and one of our recipients is in his second year Ph.D. program at UC Santa Cruz. Many of these recipients grew up in environments with no academic role models....
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