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Children

VOALA services for children place an emphasis on Education, Literacy, and Health. The skills and confidence gained from our programs promote a stable home life and ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Working closely with the family unit and the community itself, we encourage the development of a positive narrative for our children providing internal voices of confidence, kindness, hope and accountability to building a stronger future.

Children's Early Education

State Pre-School

East Los Angeles, North Hollywood, San Fernando Valley

For students between the ages of two and five, we provide educational, artistic, and... learn more

State Pre-School

Location(s): East Los Angeles, North Hollywood, San Fernando Valley

For students between the ages of two and five, we provide educational, artistic, and physical activities for the children of low-income families.

The basic goals of the program are to support and enhance the development of each child and to reinforce and strengthen the role of the parent as the primary educator of their child. The routines are planned to reach each child at their level of development, providing opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth.

Head Start

Cities Served: Carson, Commerce, Compton, Culver City, Del Rey, East Los Angeles, El Segundo, Harbor City, Hawthorne, South Central Los Angeles, Lomita, Lynwood, Mar Vista, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Palms, Paramount, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, South Central Los Angeles, South LA, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Torrance, Tujunga, Val Verde, Valencia, Valley Village, Wilmington

For children aged three to five we offer early education, child development, nutrition,... learn more

Head Start

Location(s): Cities Served: Carson, Commerce, Compton, Culver City, Del Rey, East Los Angeles, El Segundo, Harbor City, Hawthorne, South Central Los Angeles, Lomita, Lynwood, Mar Vista, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Palms, Paramount, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, South Central Los Angeles, South LA, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Torrance, Tujunga, Val Verde, Valencia, Valley Village, Wilmington

For children aged three to five we offer early education, child development, nutrition, parenting support and preparation for elementary school. All children receive educational experiences that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. The focus is on readiness to move to kindergarten.  Literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional development are areas measured for growth and development.

Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.  Children receive health and dental services and have access to ongoing and acute and routine health and dental care. Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups.  Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.

Mental health services are available to children and their families, and include screening and assessments for children, training for parents and staff members, access to mental health professionals, and monitoring of all mental health services.

At least ten percent of enrollment is reserved for children with disabilities. Children with suspected and identified disabilities receive appropriate services and support.

One of the key components is the participation and dedication of parents and family members.  We offer parent and family member activities including classes, trainings and workshops at all of our sites. We work with parents to create goals and identify strategies to meet those goals.

 

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Click here to view the VOALA Head Start/Early Head Start 2016/2017 Annual Report

Click here to read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

 

Early Head Start

Cities served: Canyon Country, Castaic, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Lennox, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, Studio City, Sunland, Sylmar, Valley Village

For children under three years of age and their parents we offer early education, child... learn more

Early Head Start

Location(s): Cities served: Canyon Country, Castaic, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Lennox, Newhall, North Hollywood, Pacoima, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Shadow Hills, Studio City, Sunland, Sylmar, Valley Village

For children under three years of age and their parents we offer early education, child development, nutrition and parenting support.  All children receive educational experiences that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. The focus is on readiness to move to kindergarten.  Literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional development are areas measured for growth and development.

Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.  Children receive health and dental services and have access to ongoing and acute and routine health and dental care. Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups.  Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.

Mental health services are available to children and their families, and include screening and assessments for children, training for parents and staff members, access to mental health professionals, and monitoring of all mental health services.

At least ten percent of enrollment is reserved for children with disabilities. Children with suspected and identified disabilities receive appropriate services and support.

One of the key components is the participation and dedication of parents and family members.  We offer parent and family member activities including classes, trainings and workshops at all of our sites. We work with parents to create goals and identify strategies to meet those goals.

Click here to view the VOALA Head Start/Early Head Start 2016/2017 Annual Report

Click here to read the USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

Children's Supportive Services

Caregiver Services

Throughout Greater Los Angeles

Provides at-home respite to the primary caregivers of the developmentally disabled... learn more

Caregiver Services

Location(s): Throughout Greater Los Angeles

Provides at-home respite to the primary caregivers of the developmentally disabled (sometimes at school sites). Services also include providing the patient with basic instructions to care for themselves, such as dressing, grooming, etc.

General Child Care

North Hollywood

After school General Child Care programs for children enrolled in kindergarten through... learn more

General Child Care

Location(s): North Hollywood

After school General Child Care programs for children enrolled in kindergarten through the fifth grade provide educational, artistic, and physical activities for the children of low-income families.

The basic goals of the program are to support and enhance the development of each child and to reinforce and strengthen the role of the parent as the primary educator of their child. The routines are planned to reach each child at their level of development, providing opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth.

Homelessness Programs that serve Children

Blue Butterfly Village

San Pedro

Blue Butterfly Village is VOALA’s innovative community located in a beautiful... learn more

Blue Butterfly Village

Location(s): San Pedro

Blue Butterfly Village is VOALA’s innovative community located in a beautiful idyllic setting in San Pedro that provides housing and supportive services.

All 73 units of affordable housing are subsidized for homeless families. Veteran families receive a preference for 61 of the units. 12 units are reserved for families eligible under the MHSA program. Many of the residents are female veterans and veteran families with children who are suffering some degree of psychological distress and/or service-related injury that prevents them from achieving economic self-sufficiency and threatens the break up of their family.

Each 2-bedroom unit is fully furnished and utilities are included.  Amenities include a garage, in unit washer/dryer, children’s play area, office/meeting spaces, community rooms, and community walking path.

Family Emergency Center

Los Angeles

90-day  emergency program for homeless families. The goal of the program is to serve... learn more

Family Emergency Center

Location(s): Los Angeles

90-day  emergency program for homeless families. The goal of the program is to serve families who are committed to rebuilding their lives, and enable them to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Serves eight to ten families (between 24 to 30 individuals at any given time, depending on family structure). Participants must understand that the program is a stepping-stone to Permanent Housing and Employment, in order for the person to become independent. The candidate will reside without paying for rent, utilities or meals. Residents receive weekly case management, employment search assistance in our in house computer lab, referrals to temporary rent subsidies programs, teach structure and life skills, in-house mental health and counseling, and assistance/ referral with any other needed services or support.

First 5 L.A.

El Monte, Pomona, West Covina

First 5 LA is a rapid re-housing and prevention program that provides rental assistance... learn more

First 5 L.A.

Location(s): El Monte, Pomona, West Covina

First 5 LA is a rapid re-housing and prevention program that provides rental assistance to homeless families with a child five years or younger. Rapid re-housing and prevention program.

Recovery Programs that serve Children

SHAWL

San Pedro

SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women's Lives) is a residential recovery program comprised... learn more

SHAWL

Location(s): San Pedro

SHAWL (Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives) is a residential recovery program comprised of three facilities that provide temporary housing and supportive services for women.

SHAWL Women’s House is a six-month residential recovery program for 13 homeless, addicted women who are survivors of Domestic Violence. SHAWL provides comprehensive services and treatment in a warm and supportive atmosphere for women who are attempting to end their addiction, live a life free from violence and become self-sufficient. SHAWL provides the structure and support in a nurturing residential setting. The program provides the residents with opportunities, information and confidence to remain drug and alcohol free. SHAWL gives the women an opportunity to improve their life and educational skills, time to explore destructive behavior patterns and learn new decision making skills in order to work toward stability as well as independence in their lives.

Haviland House is a transitional housing facility that aids women as they are transitioning from the primary 6-month program.  Provides 11 women a safe and comfortable drug, alcohol and violence-free atmosphere where they can remain an additional 18 months to two years while they are in school and employed and can continue their case management plans to maintain ongoing sobriety and freedom from homelessness and domestic violence.

The Cottages are transitional housing facilities that aid women as they are transitioning from the primary 6-month program. The program allows a woman to live in a drug-free, violence free home with her children while working toward her self-sufficiency goals. The Cottages can hold up to 4 women and 4 children in two, two-bedroom duplexes. Residents can remain at The Cottages for 18 months to two years while they are employed, going to school or both. Residents can continue their case management plans to maintain their recovery.

Visit the SHAWL website: www.shawlwomenshouse.org

La Casita

Downey

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program Residential treatment facility provides... learn more

La Casita

Location(s): Downey

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program

Residential treatment facility provides Substance Use Disorder treatment for mothers with their children, as well as pregnant and postpartum in a residential setting. The program combines substance use treatment, counseling services, life skills, onsite employment development, healthy meal planning with a dietician and parenting education, while also providing counseling services to the children residing within the program. Program services are extended to all members of the family.

Heritage House – North and South

Anaheim, Costa Mesa

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program Program provides Substance Use Disorder... learn more

Heritage House – North and South

Location(s): Anaheim, Costa Mesa

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program

Program provides Substance Use Disorder services for Women and their Children including life skills, mental health treatment and parenting education in Orange County.  The program operates in a residential treatment setting providing stability for families and is one of two residential facilities in the county that allows pregnant mothers and their children to reside together while receiving treatment.

Angel Step Too

Bellflower

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program This is a 6-month program designed to... learn more

Angel Step Too

Location(s): Bellflower

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program

This is a 6-month program designed to address co-occurring issues of substance abuse and domestic violence. This program is a second step for DV victims who are in an emergency shelter. The program provides comprehensive DV trauma counseling, Substance Use Disorder treatment, life skills, and job skills assistance for women and their children in a safe and comfortable home-like environment.

Angel Step Inn – DV Shelter

Confidential

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program Emergency shelter for victims of domestic... learn more

Angel Step Inn – DV Shelter

Location(s): Confidential

Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program

Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. The program is a 45-day transitional shelter that provides a place of escape and safety for victims fleeing domestic violence who are also dealing with substance use disorders. Stabilize and protect clients and their children. Educate clients and their children about domestic violence. Provide viable resources and referrals for additional services and safe housing. 45 days emergency domestic violence shelter. Although no substance use treatment is offered on this site, referrals for outpatient or residential treatment are available. Transitional housing referrals are made when client exits the facility.