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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WCC teachers and staff are so helpful and caring of my baby. I love the class my baby is in. I also love WCC's emphasis on emotional development and sharing.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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.