I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. — B. R. Ambedkar

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Our programs include the following elements:

  • Literacy and language skills
  • Parenting
  • Financial literacy
  • Child development
  • Leadership
  • Community participation
  • Physical well being
  • Mind body wellness


SC LAMP offers English as a Second Language Program, which includes beginning through intermediate levels. Our ESL classes respect the student’s native language, while developing a English skills as a second language. Courses are based on Division of Adult and Career Education course outlines approved by the California Department of Education. The goal of SC LAMP’s ESL program is to equip students with the language proficiency necessary for personal, vocational, academic and citizenship goals so they may participate fully in society and support and advocate for their children. Courses are competency-based and designed to develop language proficiency through instructional activities that integrate four language skills — listening, speaking, reading and writing. In 2015, we added a beginning ESL class offered in partnership with Los Angeles Community College (LACC).

Adult Program ESL - Level A/B

Level A- Designed to help students begin developing their listening, speaking and writing skills in English
Level B- Designed to focus on Level A materials but also includes a focus on communication and conversation exercises.

LACC ESL Partnership

54 hours of class designed to help students identify time phrases in sentences demonstrating the correct use of verb tenses.


SC LAMP actively engages parents as partners in the development of their children for improved educational outcomes. Our parenting classes help parents develop in their role as their child’s first teacher and best advocate. We encourage mothers to participate in the Three-Year Family Literacy Program that takes a holistic approach to developing important skills needed to support and advocate for their children. Through workshops, presentations, parenting classes, ESL and Parent Child Interactive Literacy Activities (PCILA), the women are exposed to essential skills needed to strengthen family structures; improve parenting skills, promote family literacy, build positive family relations, and promote life management skills and effective communication. At the end of the three years the women participate in “Graduation” celebrating their accomplishments. A critical component of the SC LAMP parenting program, is to provide infant and preschool care and participation by the mothers in the actual educational experience of their children.

Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors

The objective of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is to improve the outcome of Latino children by building the capacity and confidence of parents to be strong and powerful advocates for their children. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is a parenting, leadership, and advocacy program. Its goal is to improve the lives of Latino children across several outcome areas including education, health, social and emotional well-being.

Parent School Partner Program (PSP)

PSP offers parents insight into the structure of the school system, and their rights and responsibilities as parents as well as techniques including how to read a report card and participate in parent teacher conferences. This class’ objective is to help parents gain a comprehensive understanding of the public school system and how to provide support their children as students.

Parent and Child Interactive Literacy Activities (PCILA)

Parents participating in SC LAMP’s Family Literacy Program have the opportunity to join their children in a classroom setting to engage in meaningful and stimulating literacy learning activities together. This class involves parents as partners in the learning and development of their children, encourage parents to spend time sharing the joy of reading with their children, and foster positive parent-child interaction. “Homework” is also a requirement of the PCILA program and parents are expected to document home reading time as well as other activities that they have learned in the classroom.


The children’s programs are based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool model that focuses on understanding children’s development, meeting their individual needs, providing a supportive environment, facilitating developmentally appropriate experiences and partnering with families. We strongly believe in supporting parents as their child’s first teacher. We actively involve them in different learning areas that support the child’s development in concert with the activity in the classroom. For example when the child is ready to be potty trained we create a plan for mom to practice in the home while the teacher reinforces the same techniques at school.

Our teachers provide appropriate content and encourage children’s development of curiosity, confidence, strength and coordination, self-direction, and values. This approach balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. Our preschool classrooms are licensed and comply with all standards of the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services. Facility License number: 198014929

Infant care (1-23 months)

The Infants’ classroom is properly set for infants helping guide sensory and motor skill development in an environment full of love and encouragement. A variety of age-appropriate activities teach the children to control fine and gross motor skills and coordinate eye and hand movement. The infants are read to and talked to, rocked and played with in both indoor and outdoor environs.

Preschool (2-3 year olds)

Due to the specialized needs of children aged 2 and 3, this is a flexible classroom setting that shifts according to children’s needs. Activities are focused to complement preschoolers’ emerging verbal skills and literacy and to support development of early social skills. Teachers further work with the children to lay a foundation for academic learning that will be built upon and continue in the pre-kindergarten classroom. Children receive positive encouragement and direction from the staff and enjoy the outside playground area to encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills.

Pre-Kindergartners (4-5 year olds)

With the teachers’ guidance, the children increase their desire to learn, listen attentively, and acquire knowledge of colors, shapes, numbers and quantitative concepts, and an appreciation of reading and alphabet awareness that will help the children transition into elementary school. Part of the learning process is to understand how to work with and help others and use both English and Spanish as effective means of communication and self-expression. The pre-kindergarteners also learn good health habits, proper nutrition, body awareness, and health and safety skills.

School age (5-12 year olds)

This program provides a safe environment for children 5-12 years of age and includes enriching activities for school aged children such as homework support and promotes non-violent conflict resolution. This program is designed to facilitate attendance for adult participants who attend ESL and parenting classes, when their children are on vacation during the year-round school calendar. * Currently this program can only be provided with the assistance of volunteers. SC LAMP cannot guarantee that it will be available year round.


South Central LAMP’s Family Advocacy program is designed to help parents develop personal and family goals, identify and address obstacles, and provides support, information, and referrals to vital community resources, such as education and special education programs, community immigration and legal centers, food pantries, physical and mental health resources and other information and service and faith based programs. Our on-site Family Advocate offers highly individualized and integrated support through home and in office visits in order to establish a trusting positive relationship and to identify and coordinate referral needs.