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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Human Services, Preschools

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: families thrive and build economic self-sufficiency, through access to high-quality early care and education to support early learning and subsidies for child care to keep low-income working families earning

Direct beneficiaries per year: 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.

Geographic areas served: the Westside and South Bay communities of Los Angeles County

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.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Barbara S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Betsy H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.