Here are just a few of the pictures from our Navidad En El Barrio event that took place here at our Selig building this past Saturday, December 12th. Thank you to all of our volunteers that donated their time and talents to the day and a BIG thank you to our Santa Claus (Manuel Guzman), Gingerbread Woman (Nancy Medina-Martinez) and Elf (Ana Rodriguez)! You all brought happiness and huge smiles to all of the 300+ children and families that attended.
Economic downturn in California persists – culminates in the elimination of $1.2 billion in state funds for early child care and education programs – and loss of more than 11,200 spaces between 2008 and 2011- the biggest reduction in child care services in more than six decades. IILA suffers unprecedented funding cuts and begins to retrench.
The Immigration Legal Services Division planted the Jardin Abundancia (Garden of Abundance), a neighborhood garden in front yard of the Boyle Offices, with the help of neighbors. The raised garden beds now are full of thriving crops of squash, chard and herbs. Local youth and others tend the gardens on weekends and meet to talk about local issues in “Charlas” organized by ILSA staff members.
In May, the children’s menu was upgraded by including all fresh fruits. The Aliso Pico Child Care Center reported, the children like the fresh strawberries and cantaloupe. Other centers also reported that the children were happy with all fresh fruits. IILA is working to do the best we can to make menus as healthy as possible for the children we feed.
This is a critical time for early learning advocates. With state leaders gearing up for another round of budget negotiations following the May budget revise, this is the time to talk to legislators. Many vital early care and education programs are facing devastating cuts, so it is important for parents, educators and other early care advocates to speak up in support of these critical programs.
Cesar was in desperate need of transportation so that he could get to his dialysis treatments and doctor visits. He had no money, no family, no car, and felt hopeless. IILA’s transportation program got him where he needed to be, the doctor’s office.