Centro de Niños, Inc.

Fostering The Imagination and Creativity In Children  
Overview of our Programs and Activities 

Centro de Ninos, Inc., is a non-profit bilingual-bicultural children's center founded in 1972 by Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional. The women of Comision established the center because they were concerned about the needs of working families. Centro became incorporated with its own Board of Directors in 1977. 

In 2008 CDN embarked on a five year journey to teach children about the solar system and the endeavors of traveling to outer space. Centro helps children become aware of their responsibilities in "Caring for Mother Earth". A special partnership with NASA enables us to provide "space exploration" lesson plans that also incorporate other aspects of child development. Centro 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. 

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, during the day. Our goal is to teach children and provide them with the necessary tools they will need to ensure a successful educational career.

We accept toddlers and preschool age children from low-income working families in Los Angeles. 

Desired Results are documented.  They are defined as conditions of well-being for children and families. 
The Desired Results system (DR system) implemented by the California Department of Education (CDE) is a comprehensive approach that facilitates the achievement of Desired Results for Children and Families. 

The DR system includes six Desired Results:

DR 1:Children are personally and socially competent.
DR 2:Children are effective learners
DR 3:Children show physical and motor competence
DR 4:Children are safe and healthy
DR 5:Families support their child's learning and development
DR 6:Families achieve their goals

We provide:

l   A safe and secure outdoor play area where children can ride tricycles, run, jump and develop their large motor skills;

l   A quiet, comfortable nap time area located apart from other activities; classrooms are large and divided  according to the age level of the child.  Areas for art, science, math, reading, music and dramatic play are open for the children's use;

l   Our award winning meals (State of California and USDA) includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily;

l   Strict cleanliness in the kitchen and classrooms is maintained at all times;

l   Our State of California credentialed staff of teacher aides, teacher assistants and pre-school teachers is highly trained and is professionally prepared to work with children.  

Musical Garden and Mural 
It was an honor to have LA Mural Front paint a mural in our children's garden. The mural depict the children playing musical instruments. Here the children can learn about the cycle of life by planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables.
STEM Program 
For further information head to our STEM tab!
Clean the Bay Day
Annual Clean the Bay Day at local beaches in Southern California involves the participation of Centro's children and teachers. There they learn the meaning of helping out the community for the betterment of the environment. 
Annual Food and Book Giveaway
​Our Annual Food & Book Giveaway is a highlight of our year. 
As a community along with our donors, Centro works to provide to families in need. We provide food for meals for a family of four for seven days. We also source current adult and children's books to give to the community. We take pride in helping the Latino community and create a sense giving. 
Aquarium on Wheels
​A special visit from the Aquarium of the Pacific offer the children at Centro the opportunity to learn about sea life.