Children Today

A nonprofit organization

$33,459 raised by 79 donors

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Founded over 25 years ago, Children Today has provided trauma-informed care for children and families in Long Beach who have experienced homelessness and/or maltreatment. Our Cherese Mari Laulhere Eco House child development facility serves as a nurturing environment where children receive quality early education focused on responsive caregiving through routines and experiences, using exploration and discovery as a way of learning.

With our low adult-child classroom ratios and specially trained teachers, we ensure that each child receives the attention they need to form secure attachments in their early years. Our approach is guided by these core principles:

  1. Safety and Security: Every child must feel safe, secure, and nurtured, trusting that their needs will be met by responsive caregivers.
  2. Tailored Learning: Our teachers use careful observation and their expertise in child development to create individualized learning opportunities based on each child's cues and interests.
  3. Family-Centered Approach: We foster respectful, reciprocal relationships with families, incorporating their home language, cultures, and traditions into our work with children.
  4. Holistic Curriculum: Our curriculum and environment are designed to support the holistic way young children learn.

In the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year, thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we achieved significant milestones:

  • We served 70 children from 50 households.
  • Our kitchen provided 20,594 meals and snacks to children at no cost to families.
  • We addressed developmental, physical, and behavioral concerns for 44 children, with 82% receiving services or referrals.
  • We distributed over $60,000 worth of essential items to families, including clothing, shoes, toys, and household goods.

Beyond trauma-informed childcare and early education, your support enables us to provide vital resources such as clothing, hygiene products, and household essentials to families. Additionally, your partnership allows us to collaborate with other community-based organizations to ensure families have access to additional resources and interventions to foster their stability and success. 

Thank you for joining us in our mission to support children and families experiencing homelessness and/or maltreatment in our community

Testimonials

"The staff here are wonderful, and I have seen tremendous growth in both of my children since they have been here. They are both learning so much and come home happy every day." - Parent

“This program has been amazing for my two children. They thrived and excelled in all areas of development. The hours are extremely convenient because I am able to drop off close to my start time at work and pick her up in time to pick up my other daughter. The staff is wonderful and attentive. My children LOVE their teachers and the staff, and they have nothing but positive things to say about their experience.” -Parent

Mission

The mission of Children Today is to foster stability and success in children and families who are facing homelessness or who are involved in the child welfare system. We do this by providing trauma-informed child development and family support services. Our vision is that all children under age six who have experienced homelessness or abuse and neglect will have a safe, nurturing place to spend their days playing, learning and growing, while their parents take steps towards stability.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Children Today

Tax id (EIN)

95-4635295

Operating Budget

Large ($1,000,000+)

Mission Category

Education, Children, Youth, & Family

City Council District

District 6

Address

2951 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90806

Service areas

Long Beach, CA, US

Phone

562-997-8800

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