The Hope Street Family Center is dedicated to (a) enhancing the overall development of children, (b) strengthening the economic and social self-sufficiency and stability of families, and (c) enhancing the local service delivery network of agencies serving young children and families. In September, 1992, the HSFC was founded with a research and demonstration grant from the federal Head Start Bureau, part of a national effort to develop more effective ways to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and school failure. The HSFC is a collaborative venture between CHMC and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Families with young children can access a vast menu of services to meet their individual and changing needs through this family resource center.
HSFC offers a variety of programs that fall into three major categories: (1) early childhood education, (2) family literacy, and (3) family support/home visiting. Many programs include more than one of these elements.
Early Head Start Program -- provides 152 low-income pregnant women and their families with children, 0-3 years of age, with family-centered services to facilitate child development, support parental roles, and promote self-sufficiency. Priority for EHS enrollment is given to children with special needs; women with high-risk pregnancies; parents interested in ESL or high school diploma/GED studies; and teen parents.
Child Development Center -- This licensed child care facility accommodates 46 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years, and primarily serves EHS families employed in the nearby garment and light manufacturing district or enrolled in LAUSD Adult Education Centers. Center hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Family Childcare Network -- includes 12 childcare providers who are licensed to provide childcare in their homes. HSFC helped these providers start their own childcare businesses and continues to provide technical assistance, support, training and guidance for them. They now provide high quality, culturally responsive, developmentally focused childcare for children, 0-5 years of age, that meets the rigorous EHS/HS performance standards. Moreover, they offer childcare during nontraditional hours such as evenings and weekends.
Early Childhood Center -- is another licensed, center-based childcare facility, co-located at Angelica Evangelical Lutheran Church in the middle of CHMC's service area. It accommodates 8 infants, 24 toddlers, and 24 preschool aged children, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and it meets EHS/HS performance standards.
Hope Street Youth Center -- This program offers educational support, academic enrichment, and recreational opportunities to help school-aged youth reach their potential. Through the Center, children are able to participate in an innovative literacy program -- Help One Student to Succeed (HOSTS)- that matches volunteer mentors with students needing assistance in reading and language arts. An educational plan is developed for each HOSTS student, who then works with an adult mentor to achieve identified goals one hour a week. After one year, participating HOSTS students demonstrate an average reading level improvement of 2-3 grade levels. The Center also provides a computer lab, supervised recreational and social activities, including soccer, arts and crafts, circus arts, field trips, and other outings.
Family Literacy Program -- developed in collaboration with LAUSD Central Adult School, this program integrates early childhood, parenting, and adult education and serves 40 EHS families. This program targets low-income, recent immigrant Latino families, with an emphasis on serving families with special needs children, 0-5 years of age. The program operates a 12-month intensive afternoon family literacy program five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. While parents attend adult education and parenting classes, their children, ages 0-5, receive early childhood education in infant, younger toddler, older toddler, and preschool classrooms. Parent/child interactive literacy activities take place regularly in the children's classrooms. Even Start children ages 5-7 who are in LAUSD elementary schools receive weekly language arts mentoring in the Hope Street Youth Center.
School Readiness Program -- provides comprehensive center-based and home-based services to 80 children, ages 0-5 years, and their families. Core services include full-day, year-round early childhood education; developmental assessments; referral and early intervention activities; monthly parent education classes; intensive case management including monthly home visits; individual and family counseling; and comprehensive family health care services. Center-based services take place at the HSFC Early Childhood Center and Child Development Center, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Central High School -- is a continuation high school classroom co-located at HSFC. Established in partnership with LAUSD, Central High School provides a safe and supportive environment for 25 students who have experienced difficulties in other school settings. These students, many of whom are former dropouts or gang members, boast an amazing 90% graduation rate!
Nurse Family Partnership -- is one of six original replication sites for the Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation Program developed by Dr. David Olds. This highly acclaimed, well-tested and cost-effective model improves the health and social functioning of low-income, first-time young mothers and their babies. Program participants have fewer reports of child abuse and neglect and fewer subsequent children; they are less likely to use welfare, have substance abuse problems, engage in crime or be unemployed. 100 young, unmarried, first-time pregnant women receive regular home visits by public health nurses funded by the L.A. County Department of Health Services. These nurses provide case management, parenting education, and psychosocial support that begins during pregnancy and continues until the child is two years old.
Pico Union Family Preservation Network -- Founded in 1996, this program offers an integrated, comprehensive approach to strengthen and preserve families impacted by child abuse and neglect. Its goals is to assure the physical, emotional, educational, cultural, and spiritual development of children in a safe and nurturing environment. Upt to 50 families a year are referred to this program by the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services.