4850 E. Cesar Chavez Avenue - Los Angeles, CA 90022 
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Centro de Niños, Inc. - Celebrating over 42 years of childcare and child development for the community.
Centro de Niños, Inc.
Stimulating the Imagination and Creativity in Children
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Musical Garden and Mural
We were lucky enough to have LA Mural Front paint a mural in our children's garden. The murals depict the children playing musical instruments. Here the children can learn about the cycle of life by planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables.


On December 12th, 2105 Centro hosted our annual food & book giveaway. 

 A special thank you to all of our sponsors, including Professional Lawyers Group, The Candy & Aaron Spelling Foundation, CHM2 Hill, Navidad en el Barrio, Alta Med, Richard & Angie Alatorre and
Southern California Gas

This is an important annual event, please look through our photos and consider joining us in 2016. We are always in need of sponsors and volunteers!  

The Tobar-Espino family has lived in three countries, but has always called Los Angeles home. Virgina Espino is from a Mexican-American family with roots in Chihuahua and Guanajuato; Héctor Tobar is the son of Guatemalan immigrants. They have been married since 1993, when they both quit their L.A. jobs to go to graduate school. Virginia, then an elementary school teacher in Boyle Heights, pursued a PhD in History, first at Claremont Graduate School, and then at Arizona State; and Héctor left the Los Angeles Times to earn an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. Virginia eventually earned her doctorate in History, and currently works as a researcher and interviewer for the Center for Oral History at UCLA. Héctor went on to write four books, including two novels. He also returned to the L.A. Times, where he was a national correspondent and foreign correspondent and book critic. 

The family’s two oldest boys, Dante and Diego, were born in California but raised with Hector and Virginia in homes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Mexico City, where Hector worked as a foreign correspondent. Their youngest daughter, Luna, age 10, was born on the night of a full moon in Buenos Aires, Argentina; she is a passionate reader and rock climber. Dante is now a student at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, while Diego is studying Latin, Drama and other subjects at Flintridge Preparatory School. The Tobar family has always tried to teach their children about the variety and richness of Latino history and culture. They have traveled extensively through Latin America; from rural Argentina, to Uruguay and Ouro Preto, Brazil, and Tlaxcala, Tula and Xochicalco in Mexico. 

In their professional work, Virginia and Héctor have sought to preserve, defend, and advocate for the Latino community, and to celebrate the community’s fortitude. Virginia’s doctoral dissertation examined the sterilization without consent of Mexican women at Los Angeles County General Hospital in the 1970s, and the Chicana-led efforts to end forced sterilization. Her work is set to be released this year as a film, partially funding by public television, called “No Más Bebes Por Vida.” 

As a researcher at UCLA, Virginia has worked to build the university’s oral history collection, conducting dozens of interviews with Latino and labor activists who are key figures in U.S. and Southern California history. Héctor’s work at the L.A. Times included countless articles covering elections and revolutions in Latin America, and immigration in California. His four books take on various aspects of Latino identity; from the Guatemalan refugees in his first novel “The Tattooed Soldier,” to the idiosyncratic artist and housekeeper anti-hero of “The Barbarian Nurseries,” his second novel, which won the California Book Award and was a New York Times notable book. His nonfiction “Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States” describe the spread of Latino culture across the U.S. His most recent book on the Chilean miners, “Deep Down Dark,” was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Graduation 2015!

Every year we celebrate our graduates in a special way and this year was no different. The children performed, singing songs inspired by the Lion King and they all received a diploma from Centro and a backpack embroidered with their names provided by the Parent Committee. 

A party for the students and their families was held after the ceremony -- a great time was had by all! 

The Tobar-Espino family - Our 2015 Latino Family of the Year!  

Darrel and Anna Sauceda​ - Our 2016 Latino Family of the Year!

Darrel and Anna Sauceda are a family that holds the values of commitment, integrity and loyalty in both their personal and professional lives. As a family, they believe that "Our passion for helping others and our expertise for constructing and creating positive change is the best way to use our God given talents." Darrel and Anna have worked tirelessly to grow their company from a small residential construction company into a multi-million dollar government and commercial construction company, Associated Construction Services Group (ACS). Darrel has propelled a Hispanic owned construction business from a small interior remodel contractor to multi-million dollar government and commercial contractor. Listed in the Hispanic Business Magazine three years in a row as a top 500 growing Hispanic Businesses nation-wide.

Darrel was born and raised in the lush farmland region of Imperial Valley, in the City of El Centro, California. Darrel grew up knowing first-hand the hard working farm ethic of the Imperial Valley. Darrel has the experience working on various federally and state funded projects and understands agency needs and what is required “to get the job done.” 

Together Anna and Darrel manage a dedicated group of professionals (four of them their own children) that perform projects for the government on numerous military bases through the 8a program as well as provide construction services for medical facilities, community centers, senior housing throughout Southern California. In Addition, ACS GROUP has been awarded a Small Business Weatherization Contract through the Gas Company. The Weatherization contract allows ACS to assess, qualify and go into the homes of thousands of families in the surrounding communities to increase their quality of life by educating them on energy sustainability and weatherize their homes.  Darrel is also a Master Mason; the Mason Lodge he participates in extends its support to the youth in the local Whittier Community. Darrel also gives of his personal time to support The Willie G Ministries for youth at risk. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California Anna has always demonstrated her desire and passion to help others. Over the past 25 years she demonstrated her commitment by providing vital services to the communities on the Greater Los Angeles Area. Under her leadership as a Teacher, Executive Director of the East Los Angeles YMCA or Vice President of the TELACU Foundation she has continued to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Today, Anna Sauceda serves as a board member of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and is the Chair of the Latina Business Initiatives. She offers her talents and resources through mentoring other Latina business owners with opportunities she has created so their businesses will flourish. Through her efforts the CHCC has established a Latina Empresario Day that is designed to assist Latina Small Business owners. Anna’s commitment to community finds her actively serving as a Board Member on several boards that support women and families.

"Our children and team realize the responsibility to show other who we are and what we are made of daily, my prayer is that Our Legacy of hard work, determination to do great work and the love for those in need will reap the Blessings over our lives."
Please take a moment to look at recent activities at Centro - 
something great is always happening around here! Enjoy!
Aquarium of the Pacific came by the Center with their special Aquarium on Wheels - the kids learned so much about sea life and had a wonderful time meeting the animals and making crafts!
The Annual Food & Book Giveaway is always a highlight and this year was no different - we love serving our community and bringing people together!