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836 Stamford Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Phone: (213) 623-9022
Located in the heart of the City's fashion and produce districts, The Salvation Army's Los Angeles Daycare Center has been providing daycare for the children of low-income parents since the 1930's. The Center started as a Salvation Army Community Center in 1922, then shifted its focus to daycare during World War II when women began joining the workforce in large numbers. The current location was built in 1972 and is a state licensed facility with a capacity for 150 pre-school children aged two to five, and 100 older children aged six to twelve.
The program serves families working in the two and a half square mile area that is comprised of the garment district, flower and produce markets. According to the 2000 Census, almost 58% of workers in this community have earnings below the poverty level with average incomes between $12,000-$15,000, and as many as 70% reported to be single parent families. It is not uncommon for these parents to work two jobs and very long hours.
Families whose children are enrolled in our program face many challenges, including limited education, insufficient knowledge of community resources and living conditions that are often overcrowded and unhealthy. To address such needs, the Center partners with several outside agencies to ensure the children and their families get the services they need. The John Tracy Clinic, UCLA and Kids Dental Kare provide dental, hearing and vision exams. COACH for Kids, a mobile community health program of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center provides physical exams, immunizations, TB screening, lab tests, treatment for minor illnesses as well as job training, housing referrals, crisis intervention and parenting classes.