Saturday Program

Thanks to ABC’s devoted volunteers, Echo Park opens its doors to the community on Saturdays during the school year and fills its classrooms with an array of enriching activities for children and their parents; many of whom have no connection to any network of services. Under the supervision of ABC’s skilled, multi-lingual professionals and staffed by dedicated volunteers, children play, enjoy drama, music, soccer, arts and crafts, cooking, dance, and yoga while their parents receive the educational opportunities they’ve longed for coupled with high quality care for their infants and children. The families participate in English as a Second Language instruction, literacy classes, preparation for the high school equivalency exam, computer classes, parent support groups, financial planning advice, immigration consultation, coordination of translation services, housing assistance, legal advocacy, assistance accessing benefits, connections to health care, counseling and support, educational evaluations, and help navigating the school system. Everyone who comes through this Open Door enjoys a warm, hearty, delicious, and nutritious meal, has a place at the table, and a slice of the American Dream.