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Allies for Every Child

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Family Services, Foster Care, Human Services

Mission: All children need a childhood. We bring together and strengthen families, cultivating conditions for children to succeed in life.

Target demographics: at-risk children and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,500 children and families

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

Programs: high-quality early education, comprehensive child welfare services, and foster care and adoption.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What better way to help children grow than to get them into a garden? And truth be told, I grew a bit by going to the garden too! I was a die hard volunteer for Allies this year because I just wanted to keep coming back to that garden! The garden is a brightly colored oasis off of Inglewood Blvd., with bush sunflowers, and poppies, pea flowers, squash blossoms and giant corn stalks. Every time you visit, there is something new in bloom, and something new to eat right off of the plant! There are trees with fruit on them, and butterflies landing everywhere. Not only is it beautiful, there is soul there. The families who come to tend the garden act like they own it, and that tells me there is love there. Jasmine, who runs the garden has flowers in her eyes and is always planning a new upgrade. There is never a dull garden moment, it's absolutely abuzz. At the garden I found a renewed connection to my fellow human, as well as to the earth we stand on. I helped to grow many things during my volunteering, one of which was my very own heart. THANK YOU ALLIES FOR ALL YOU DO. (please notice the butterfly on the flower in my picture upload)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I been bringing my 2 youngest to the center and im loving this center the teachers are really good with the kids and so patient my 2 love their teachers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

this is the best school ever. I have nothing but good things to say about this school. It's been so helpful and offers alot of activities for the whole family. The teacher sare great and really care about your whole family.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it is a really good program that helps alot the children and also the parents

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since we've been here we've had nothing but great things happen for our children. The staff are truly amazing and helpful.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

i attended this program when i was a child, but the teachers are to the best when paying attention to children

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Me sinto muito feliz com a escola e os professores de todos que trabalha na escola,meu filho tem desenvolvido muito bem,gosto de todos os programas que a escola oferece para os pais com os filhos ,agradeco muito a oportunidade de estar fazendo parte da Allies .obrigada pelo carinho de todos

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They give an excellent services and we are very happy with thiss program

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Me ha ayudado mucho porque gracias al centro he podido buscar un trabajo y e podido dejar a mi hija aqui.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had my daughter here for three years and all I have is nothing but great things to say about them. The program goes beyond there way to help and show they care. I honesltywish they had more programs like this throghout the los angeles area. I love it so much I had to enroll my niece in here. I knew this was the most safest place she can ever in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Allies is a wonderful organization that helps so many people. I was very sad to miss their annual arts festival this year as that is always one of my favorite events!

1 Laura Inez C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered with Allies for Every Child's annual arts festival. The staff was very friendly and organized, and you could tell the event was being run rather smoothly. At the registration booth, there were no apparent fires or panic, making volunteering rather easy and fun.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful event for the families! We appreciate the opportunity to volunteer and loved seeing all of the happy children!

sastein86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this agency’s work — Arts Festival is always a favorite every year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for WCC in connection with Big Hearts and Arts Festival. I've been impressed with the professionalism of the staff, particularly the event organizers. At Arts Festival, in particular, they go above and beyond to reach out to and involve the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I volunteered as visiting artists during a recent festival (I was demonstrating clay sculpture, and he was demonstrating origami). It was my first time working with the Westside Children's Center, and I was deeply impressed. The festival was well-organized and mission-driven in service to children and families. The space is already very beautifully rich with artwork, and the additional artwork and activities made specifically for the festival were vibrant and engaging. With crafts, games, food, live music and performances, and many community services available to attendees, I was proud to be a part of this wonderful event. I look forward to future involvement!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Westside Children's Center a few times and their programming, staff, and mission make it worth every second. WCC has such an expansive reach in the community that it's a little overwhelming to think about how many lives they've touched, even secondhand. I'm truly grateful for the work they do; our whole community is better for it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time at the children’s festival this year and it was a wonderful experience. I helped lead an art activity and got to see so many other cool activities they had for the kids like painting, caricatures, and face painting. The performances were great and I am so excited that I wa referred to this charity to volunteer.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Really nice and hardworking staff and other volunteers who care a lot about children’s well being. Their pre-school is very beautiful too.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for events including the arts festival. I was very happy to be involved in an event that was so well received by the local community.
I hope to continue to be in involved and donate with this wonderful non profit organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside Children’s Center is an impressive organization that positively impacts families in the LA area. I have volunteered/attended Westside’s Arts Festival the past few years. It is an amazing event full of fun, food, information, and services for the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to work with! Had an amazing time volunteering and will join again next year. Staff was friendly and my overall experience was excellent.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside children's center is an incredible organization that is truly changing the lives of children and families.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization! I was lucky enough to volunteer at their children's festival this year and it was so much fun. They put on a beautiful event and there were so many smiling faces. I hope to be able to volunteer there again soon.

1 Amanda Headrick O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization. The staff and services they provide are outstanding.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside Children’s Center is a wonderful nonprofit and an integral piece of our community. Volunteering there has allowed me the priceless opportunity to watch young children develop with each other, learning the foundations for respect, creativity, problem solving, and teamwork.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Me encanta estoy muy feliz con el centro al saber que mi hijo esta en muy buenas manos cuando yo trabajo

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Client Served

Rating: 5

im really happy ,all the people are so nice,im glad my little boy is here, he loves to come every day....im blessed

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We began our journey with WCC in 2012 when my daughter Aylin attended the center, we were always very pleased with how she was treated and how involved they encourage the parents to be. My wife and I volunteered as much as possible. Now that my son Sebastian attends the center we have had nothing but great experiences, the one and only concern my wife and I have had is that the Director has not made herself available to all parents and we still have yet to know what she looks like. Otherwise we are so happy to have our son enrolled and will continue to try and volunteer when we have the time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Westside Children's Center in Culver City is an amazing early education center. All the staff members all always willing to help. The way that the program is set up gives every child that come through here an advantage, the children get to learn an array of things, they are able to get ready to go to school. They are very hands on with the kids. Once you have been with Westside Children's Center you will be glad you have become a part of this program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are foster parents to 3 beautiful boys. Our story began when I wanted to become a volunteer at Westside. here is were I found out more information about foster care. A couple months later my partner and I found ourselves in an orientation meeting starting our process to foster/adopt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Matthew recently graduated fro,m Westside Children Center and loved it! Now my younger son Max is attending Monday - Friday. They both always looked forward to waking up for "school". All teachers and staff are so loving and caring so I can see why. The campus and classrooms are always very clean and we never had any issues with other classmates or "accidents". We look forward to enrolling our 1yr old daughter next year. I always highly recommened WSCC to our friends who also have young children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son recently volunteered at the Westside Children's Center during the Arts Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity for him to complete two hours of community service as part of his High School requirements, and also to give back to the community in our neighborhood. He helped set up the event, and had a very nice volunteering experience in a safe and friendly environment. He was also very appreciative to receive lunch there. :)) Registration in the morning was very easy, the volunteer coordinator was really nice, and it was also very easy to get the community service form signed. We will be looking for more opportunities to volunteer at this nonprofit.

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time and saw lots of happy kids with their families at the Annual Arts Festival while volunteering for this group. They had so many art, music, educational and health services for the children and all had fun while participating. Very organized and inspiring day and staff. Thank you!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I had a great time volunteering. When I arrived, I was immediately given a job, putting tablecloths on tables in the garden. Not only was it fun but I learned the proper way to make sure a tablecloth is in place!
After that job was completed, Emily easily gave me another job which was easy to complete. I met new volunteers and felt the people in charge knew what they were doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Westside Children's Center is a great benefit to help a child's life. I have been a volunteer at the school for over 5 years. I never in my wildest dream ever knew how important early child care and pre-school is for newborn to five year old. The teachers are caring, compassionate and make all the difference. The 3 to 5 year old children have the opportunity to do arts and crafts on a daily basis and have a basic understanding what to be prepared for when they leave for kindergarten . This school and organization is a true asset to the community and everyone it serves. I highly encourage you to help support Westside Children's Center.
The photo below is from a field trip to Exposition park.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD HERE! According to the CDSS Child Care Licensing website, the Westside Children's Center (Facility Number:197408510) has 5 Type A Citations (Immediate Health, Safety or Personal Rights Impact) and 5 Type B Citations (Potential Health, Safety or Personal Rights Impact).
There are 5 Substantiated Allegations and 15 Inconclusive Allegations out of a total of 20 complaints against the Westside Children's Center. Complaints include: "Personal Rights-Staff are coaching a child on what to say and how to act outside of school hours," "facility retaliated against complainant," "Children are not being adequately supervised," "Parent Rights - Facility is not allowing a parent to be on the day-care grounds while the child is in care," "Reporting Requirements - Reporting requirements were not followed," "Reporting Requirements - Parent was not notified of incidents involving their child," "Personal Rights - Staff yell at children," "Personal Rights - Facility is not providing a safe environment," "There has been a lack of supervision resulting in child spitting on another child," "Lack of supervision/intervention resulted in child being bitten"...etc.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is absolutely the best, well run, clean, thoughtful, giving, caring and fun school. I LOVE this school. My child loves this school. The school gives great feedback and really has a school feel with a small family approach.

The children that attend this school have a far greater chance of success on the next level and of building a solid foundation of curiosity and learning. Everything in this school is wonderful from the person that greets you at the door to the maintenance guys to the library. If I could myself go to this school I would. I can't say enough good things about this school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WCC is a great school. My granddaughter has come a long way since she enrolled. She has become more social, caring, and can even count to 10 in Spanish.

Client Served

Rating: 5

All of the WCC teachers cater to individual children and their needs. All children are different and learn in different ways and WCC knows that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has been part of the WCC family for years. We love it here. My niece was the first member of our family to go here and now she is 13. My sisters both recommended WCC. They are very welcoming, warm and attentive. We were lucky to be accepted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wasn't sure I could handle working full-time and being a foster parent but thought, "I'll take the classes and become certified. If I decide to foster later, I can." I went through the process - which was much smoother than I'd anticipated - and finalized my certification on July 2 and received a call with a potential placement the same day! I wasn't sure I was ready ... WCC held my hand the whole way. There were ups and downs, lots of paperwork and rules to follow but I always felt supported. My adoption was finalized on August 2 and Jessica (our WCC social worker) was right there with us as we signed the last paper! If you're not sure - check it out. Your life will be changed forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside Children's Center is a wonderful organization that provides vital services to children and families in need. Our school has been fortunate to be a community partner and has participated in amazing events and activities that the families truly love. Everyone on staff is amazing to work with as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the WCC every single summer since I started high school. Now that I am a junior I reflect upon my time with the WCC community and realize why I keep coming back. The work you do and the experiences you gain from the WCC are truly invaluable. The enviornment is so friendly and fun! The Westside Children's Center does absolutely amazing work. Being able to volunteer with this center is not only an experience of mutual gratification, but also a privilege. Being a classroom helper is a priceless and enriching experience- perfect for volunteers of all gender, ages, and backgrounds. As a teenager being able to run around with the kids, organize crafts, and help in any other way I can is actually really fun as well as rewarding. I am so grateful and blessed to be apart of the WCC community and highly recommend this center for anyone looking to volunteer with amazing teachers, families, children, and other volunteers. The volunteer coordinator is helpful and will always make sure to give you jobs that are relevant and uses your time wisely. The staff is kind and the atmosphere is overall very enjoyable.

Davida W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of my favorite places to volunteer. The staff is so friendly and truly care about what they are doing. The work is so important that I implore all my friends to volunteer and donate when they need me to!! I would recommend to everyone to learn more about the center and all the incredible things they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at the Westside Children's center. It's a very special place with a very warm staff and really fun kids! I recently helped out at their Children's Art's festival with a bunch of my girlfriends and everyone wrote to me after asking how they could get more involved because they had so much fun. The work that they are doing at the Westside Children's Center is so important and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

En mi opinion WCC es una agencia muy buena donde ayudan a padres e hijos tengo un año con ellos y me han ayudado mucho con el cuidodo de niños de bajos recursos . Me encantan las actividades familiares que hacen.


Lo recomiendo a toda la comunidad .

michaeljsonntag

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Westside Children's Center - we have our third foster child through their office now, and we couldn't be happier. They're very kind, attentive, thorough, and concerned for both the children's and our welfare. We really feel like we have a team of people helping us with this - which is important, because often these waters can be tough to navigate on your own.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Met a lot of wonderful people. Keep up the good work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted one child with WCC and we are currently fostering another one. Through all the foster-adopt process, social workers and parents at WCC supported us and helped us facing difficult times and enjoying happy moments.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I first came to Westside Children's Center interested in finding more information regarding foster/adoption. Westside Children's Center introduced us to adoption through fostering in an informative orientation, answered all of our questions, educated us through the MAPP classes (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting), ensured our home was ready with a home study, they keep us apprised of availabilities as they arise and continue support via monthly support group sessions. Westside Children's Center made our dreams come true. Their unwavering support, guidance and insight is second to none.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m very grateful for the help they give me with the care of my children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've received magnificent support and my family and I are very happy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Westside Children's Center for a year now. It's been an amazing experience working with these wonderful kids. Thank you Kristen & WCC for this great experience. Cheers! -Victoria

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My teenage sons first volunteered at the Westside Children's Center over the summer. I had the privilege of attending the orientation along with them. The enthusiasm which Kristen Mooney, the Community Partnerships Coordinator, displayed when discussing the mission and services that WCC provides was infectious. Everyone from the front desk staff to the classroom teachers is incredibly caring, professional and confidential. The children are safe, happy and well cared for. The faculty truly make learning fun. Theirs is a labor of love. It is my wish that more Centers emulate the excellent that WCC strives for and, in my opinion, achieves.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Westside Children's Center cares about kids. Every possible effort is made to enrich and educate preschool aged students from low income families. The focus remains to create an atmosphere of learning and growth experiences. Though limited in funds, WCC does a remarkable job on a daily basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The WCC was welcoming, easy to get involved with, organized, and overall an amazing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience at the Westside Children's Center took place in the garden. Even on a Saturday with no children present, it was clear this learning environment was amazing. There is so much care and commitment to hands-on learning and teaching important skills and life lessons at early ages. After that experience, I applied to become a classroom volunteer. During the past few months, I have grown to look forward to my weekly volunteer time more than any of my other commitments. Not only is it fun to get to know each of the children's unique (and funny) personality, I've truly learned so much from how the teachers interact with the children. They treat them first as people, then as kids. Even those not even two years old know specifically what their duties are in the classroom, and it is so inspiring to see them grow as respectful, intelligent people. The Westside Children's Center is an extremely well-run and thoughtful organization that kids from any economic background would be lucky to attend, and parents would be forever grateful for the head start their kids received here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with a wonderful and caring group of people for three years that knew the fundraising efforts of the Arts Festival were crucial each year to support and assure that the children and their families would receive the best possible services needed to protect and develop environments for their success,happiness and prosperity in life.

Susan I

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Rating: 5

Attended the Kids Art Festival and it was absolutely amazing. The people, food, rock climbing, and energy made my time unforgettable. There was also a kids organization, Generation of the Future, in blue t shirts. Overall I loved it.

KendraKS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i volunteer at WCC whenever I can! It's a beautiful, clean campus and they have so many wonderful ongoing projects. The community garden is fantastic. The families and staff are kind and gracious. Every event is organized and FUN. I would definitely fulfill a volunteer commitment here 2+ times a week of my schedule allowed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is awesome! Got to volunteer at their big event in October and it was really fun. A lot of cool stuff for all of the kids to do. Can't wait for the next one and to get more involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside Children's Center is a beautiful place full of wonderful staff, volunteers and families. The school campus is such a nice environment for the children and the garden is a wonderful addition of outdoor space for the children to explore. I highly recommend being involved with Westside.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Westside Children's Center provides services that allow at -risk families the possibility for a future with hope. The level of dedication and genuine care that staff members, volunteers and community partners invest in the families they work with is quite obvious. Attending the annual Art's Festival each year has given my family and me the opportunity to see first hand the quality of programs and relevant resources that WCC implements allowing families to grow together and be independent and healthy.
-Gabby Haen
Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at the Westside Children's Center is a rewarding experience. The staff is very warm and welcoming to volunteer's and students. The center is dedicated to children exploring their creativity along with establishing a foundation of early education. As a volunteer, I have observed how dedicated, professional , and passion for teaching is top priority in the Westside Children's Center. I'm delighted to take part in a organization that supports and contributes to the community. I highly encourage participating in a community program because the experience is life changing. Thank you to the staff and children for allowing me to give back to my community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at so many centers akin to the Westside Children's Center and this is by far the most well run and professional to date. The staff cares very much about the kids and creates just the right amount of structure and warmth for both the families they serve and the volunteers. The site is clean, bright, cheery and safe.