Programs & Services


Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc. is dedicated to improve the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles County area.  Our goal is to provide an exemplary program of comprehensive services to children and families.  We strive to develop partnerships and alliances with private industry and government institutions to better serve the public and realize its multifold commitments.  Plaza de la Raza programs options are; Head Start (Part Day/Part Year) Head Start/State Preschool (Full Day/Part-Year)

Plaza’s Head Start Program was establish in 1965 and currently operates 25 centers, and 8 Family Child Care Providers strategically located in Los Angeles County, from East Los Angeles, North East to South East Los Angeles, and San Gabriel Valley.  The Head Start Program offers; Education, Family Services, Health and Nutrition,  Mental Health, Disabilities, and Parent Involvement, to more than 2000 children and their families.  The program provides critical intervention in substance abuse, employment, literacy, and child care to eligible Head Start families.  Our objective is to increase the access and effectiveness of existing service organizations and brining such services to families in targeted communities.  Plaza de la Raza believes that providing such resources as education, training and information can reduce if not eliminate the cause or effect of poverty and helps alleviate the economic conditions of families.

Early Head Start

In the  Program Year 1995, the Early Head Start program was established, and currently  operates two Full Day/Full Year center-based sites, (Clark and Bloomfield Center), to serve children from birth to three years of age in recognition of the mounting evidence that the earliest years impact  a children’s growth and development.  The program also serves children and families in a home based setting, as well as services to pregnant mothers.

State Preschool Program

State Preschool is a child development program serving children and families funded by the California State Department of Education.  Plaza’s program provides a safe and nurturing hands-on learning environment that helps each child reach his or her highest potential in the areas of social/emotional development, cognitive/creative development, language development and physical development.  In partnership with head start, Plaza has been able to offer full day/part year services at no cost.


Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) is an independent public benefit corporation created in 2004 and funded by First 5 LA – the commission established by Proposition 10.  LAUP’s goal is to make voluntary, high-quality preschool available to every 4-year-old child in Los Angeles County, regardless of their family’s income.


USDA, Is a  Child and Adult Care Food Program that plays a vital role in providing nutritious meals to children at no cost to our families.  The program is administered through the California Department of Education.