Connections For Children

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Location: 2701 Ocean Park Blvd Suite 253 Santa Monica CA 90405 USA

Mission: The mission of Connections For Children (CFC) is to help all children reach their full potential by supporting families' access to high quality child care and education.
Target demographics: CFC is located in Santa Monica and serves a 388 square mile region from Malibu to Redondo Beach and extending inland to Palms, Mar Vista and Westchester.
Programs: Connections For Children’s interlinked programs support children growing and learning, while their families benefit from access to child care, allowing them to continue earning. Yearly we help over 4,500 parents locate licensed child care to meet their individual needs. About 1,000 of these families, mainly single mothers working toward self-sufficiency, receive assistance with child care expenses for over 1,450 young children. Training and coaching programs offer a professional development framework for the early care and education workforce, serving over 250 new and seasoned child care providers annually. We also provide training for prospective child care providers, assisting them to enter the field, attain licensing, and gain knowledge and expertise. CFC’s staff specialists deliver enriching activities directly to more than 2,500 young children at local child care sites and community parks, providing vibrant learning experiences and fostering play as the basis for learning.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My mother has worked for Connections for Children for years. She has done amazing work there along with all the staff. Everyone is incredibly friendly and dedicated to helping families find child care services. Early childhood education is essential and builds a foundation for life-long learning. If it had not been for my mom's dedication to my education starting at a young age, I would not have become the individual I am today

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life, through my mother.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reverse all cuts that have been made to education and particularly early childhood education. I would continue to pass legislation that allocated funds to early childhood development and make education one of our nation's top priorities.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in a work group helping Connections for Children consider opportunities for expanding their services into the community. I had no idea how many services this organization offers. I was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the extent to which the lived their mission -- providing quality care and services to children and their families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing that non-profits like this exist with sole purpose of benefiting children and their families!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

All organization should change and improve. In the case of Connections, I would hope their greatest change would be to grow their staff so they could expand their services even further than they do now.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Connections for Children is an important institution for the community. it serves those in need of child care referrals, child care assistance, provides education to childcare providers,and acts as a link between the the children and the government agencies that support them. CFC works hard for those (the little kids)who cannot represent themselves in front of government agencies. their team is dedicated to helping children and childcare providers. In this era of shrinking budgets, CFC somehow manages to do more with less. CFC's executives and staff reaches out to the community to improve the quality of childcare and assist those parents that need financial assistance for child care. they do a great job.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal satisfaction.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i am not qualified in this area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I helped found this organization many years ago, and have watched it grow in excellence of services provided to parents and their children in the challenging quest for child care. I am particularly impressed with the caring way in which staff members interact with clients; They have truly developed helpful, thoughtful connections for parents seeking care, and providers seeking to connect with parents.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my service of many years on the Board of Directors and through personal interactions with parents and providers who have been served by Connections for Children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

restore the drastic cuts made in the wake of the draconian budget cuts the state is suffering.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Connections provides a critical service for the Santa Monica business community. Without Connections and meaningful support from local business, parents would be unable to adequately locate proper day care for their children while they are working. It is incumbent upon and a wise investment for all Santa Monica businesses to do their part by contributing to CFC so that CFC can enable the employees of Santa Monica businesses to keep those businesses as profitable as possible. Supporting CFC is a smart investment for all Santa area employers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many parents accept jobs in Santa Monica as a result of CFC's ability to locate adequate day care for their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Launch a campaign targeting local businesses support.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Santa Monica is a really difficult area in terms of finding quality, affordable child care. As a working parent, I was panicked trying to find childcare in Santa Monica I could afford and that would be safe and nurturing for my babies when I had to go back to work. Connections For Children provides an invaluable service for parents as well as children. This truly orgnanization deserves recognition for all they do to make children's lives better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Locating quality childcare for my baby and toddler.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it possible for them to advise if there have been any complaints filed against a a provider.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I work at a high quality childcare center and work together with Connections for Children in providing low-income families quality care for their children. Without this valuable resource in our community many children would not have the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential. I have been fortunate to have wittnessed many children who have reaped their benefits, going on to be successful in school as a result of the opportunities Connections for Children provides.

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Besides providing subsidy to low-income families for child care, Connections for Children also benefits community childcare workers in offering workshops from curriculum to working with children with challenging behaviors. They talior their offerings to local community early childhood needs. I have had the pleasure of working together with this non-profit organization for many years and seeing the results of happy, successful children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make to this organization is to make it bigger!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

It is an amazing program that services low income families that are in need of child care services. Very professional and dedicated staff and upper management. It is a true pleasure to work with them

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily work

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Connections for Children has been helpful in so many ways. They provide useful workshops for my staff to attend, the have provide critical support for parents in my program and they have supplied materials useful to creating a developmental curriculum for my program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had several encounters with connections for children and events that they have helped sponsor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Connections provided me with the names of local child care providers that I could meet with when I was looking for full-time child care. Subsequently I participated in the Santa Monica Early Childhood Education Task Force and learned more about what this organization does. Not only do they act as a resource for parents but they help child care providers with education, training, resources, etc. so that smaller, in-home child care providers can offer the same type of high quality care that larger, center-based providers are able to offer. It truly is a win/win situation for parents and providers since Connections works both to increase the availablity of child care in Santa Monica and raise the quality of it at the same time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding childcare for my family since I was working full time. Childcare is expensive and Connections focuses on helping smaller providers offer quality child care services. This helps parents by providing more and less expensive options while raising the overall quality of care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advertise it to a wider audience. I wish more parents realized that this resource was there for them.

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