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Westside Children's Center

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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: 2,645 individuals (children and families)

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles

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

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.