Member of the Board
Centro de Niños, Inc., is a non-profit bilingual-bicultural children’s center founded in 1972 by Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional. The women of Comisión established the center because they were concerned about the needs of the working poor. Centro became incorporated with its own Board of Directors in 1977.
We provide free and low cost quality childcare/child development, social welfare and education services to our families in a safe, secure, learning environment where parents can confidently leave their child during the work week. Our goal is to teach children and provide them with the necessary tools they will need to ensure a successful educational career.
Centro de Niños helps the children become aware of their responsibilities in "caring for Mother Earth." Additionally, in 2008 CDN embarked on a five year journey to teach children about the solar system and travel to outer space. A special partnership with NASA enables us to provide "space exploration" lesson plans that also incorporate other aspects of child development. Centro de Niños is funded by the State Department of Education, Office of Child Development and private donations. We are a 501-C3 tax exempt organization. Your donations are welcome.
Centro de Niños, Inc. - Celebrating over 42 years of childcare and child development for the community.
Meet our Board of Directors!
Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members, a Parent Representative from the Parent Advisory Committee and the Executive Director of Centro de Niños also serves as a Member of the Board.
Ilbert Phillips, Esq.
Chairman of the Board
Efrain Romo, Boardmember
4850 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90022 (323) 268 4600 Fax (323) 526 9068
Centro de Niños, Inc.
Stimulating the Imagination and Creativity in Children
We would like to welcome Diana Mata and Evelyn Rojas as our newest Centro de Niños board members! Please find their bios below, along with Sebastian E. Lee, our Board Secretary.
Sebastian Lee, Boardmember
Please welcome Leticia Santos-Cuevas! She is our new Program Director. Ms. Santos-Cuevas comes to us from The Country School in Los Angeles where she taught elementary school for sixteen years. Previous to that, she worked at the Center for Community and Family Service in Pasadena developing and implementing age-appropriate lessons in all areas of child development She also spent ten years in the classroom at Pacific Oaks Children's School working with students from preschool age to third grade students. Ms. Santos-Cuevas has over twenty five years of experience in the field of early childhood education, including time spent at Azusa Head Start.
Ms. Santos-Cuevas holds a Bachelor's and Masters degree from Pacific Oaks College with an emphasis in Human Development/Education. She also received special training at the Reggio Emilia School in Italy, a method that is world renowned for its approach to child centered learning and experiences.
Ms. Santos-Cuevas is originally from El Sereno and we are thrilled to have her expertise and passion for early childhood education here at Centro. In December 2019, Leticia will assume the role of Executive Director - we are looking forward to all of the great benefits Centro will receive from such an inspired educator. Welcome Leticia!
Diana Mata is currently a student pursuing her Masters degree in Social Work with a focus in Social Change and Innovation at the University of Southern California. She who strives to support an organization that serves marginalized communities through program development and consultation.
Evelyn Rojas currently has one child enrolled atCentro de Ninos. Her son, Jake, has been part of this program for a little over a year and will be graduating Pre-K 2 this June. This is Ms. Rojas' first year participating as a parent PAC leader and she is thrilled to be involved in my child's daycare activities and serve as a voice for our parents. She looks forward to organizing events that will benefit our children at Centro and sharing parent voices with the board.
Mr. Lee is an attorney at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Mr. Lee has an impressive background in litigation and arbitration. His interests include the well-being of children and the underserved communities of Los Angeles.