Located in Pasadena, CA, Mothers’ Club Family Center serves 120 children and 110 adults with 22 staff members. Of those groups, 91% of the children live in poverty, and more than half of the parents did not graduate from high school. The Center uses a dual-generation approach, working with both at-risk children and their parents and focusing on early childhood education in conjunction with parental education programs.
In 2004, Mothers’ Club's host decided to use its space for a new school, and the Center needed to move into a new building. Mothers’ Club turned a challenge into an opportunity to develop a new building and a home that reinforces, strengthens, and supports its mission.
The Center’s commitment to the community was evident throughout the planning process when they actively solicited input from stakeholders and incorporated that feedback. Many parents who have participated in the parenting education program have gone on to become teachers at Mothers’ Club. The Center has a strong track record of success, and parents report that their children achieve or exceed developmental milestones for their age, despite demographic factors that would predict otherwise.