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CII in the Watts Community

BREAKING NEWS: A Bold Vision for the Future in Watts: CII & Architect Frank Gehry Unveil Design of New Watts Campus

Transforming Lives, Enriching Communities

CII’s service model is designed to address the “whole child” as well as the entire family, combining youth development programs, family support services, evidence-based clinical services, and early childhood programs. In 2011, with support from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the federal Social Innovation Fund and many other local funders, CII was able to double the number of children and families served in South Los Angeles.

Now we are poised to replicate our comprehensive service model by developing a state-of-the-art facility in Watts. The new campus will be designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, as part of a historic partnership that will help bring CII’s services to 5,000 children and families a year in South Los Angeles. Mr. Gehry will be contributing his design services to CII at no cost.

Expanding Services in South Los Angeles

CII has been providing services in Watts through the Watts Civic Center since 2007, and has been offering in-home services in the area for much longer. We currently serve more than 3,000 children and family members in Watts and South Los Angeles, and more than 22,000 children and family members across Los Angeles County. Our current Watts Interim Site is now open at 1522 E. 102nd Street. And once completed, our new Watts campus will become a place of caring, hope, safety, and transformative change for children and families, and indeed for the community itself.

Here is a sampling of some of the services that will be available once the new campus is complete:

Early Childhood Services

Early Head Start, Head Start, school readiness, home visitation, Baby and Me, and more.

Youth Development

After-school activities, creative arts, literacy and education, leadership training, athletics, computer training, health and wellness, life skills and more.

Family Support

Parenting education, fatherhood programs, financial literacy, kinship care, nutrition classes, links to community resources, and more.

Mental Health/Child Welfare

Assessment, individual and family treatment programs, early childhood treatments, specialized treatment groups, intensive home-based services, foster care and services for foster families and more.

For more information on how to receive services from Children’s Institute in Watts and South Los Angeles, please contact us at 213.385.5100.

Strategic Imperatives: The Way Forward

Our vision is to transform the lives of thousands of children who have been affected by violence or other adverse life experiences by helping them recover from trauma, build resiliency, and become ready for success in school, work, and life.

CII has established three Strategic Imperatives to help carry out our vision.

  • The first goal is an expansion of our Integrated Service Model, agency-wide, so that more children, youth and families receive multiple, coordinated services.
  • The second goal is to replicate our service model and complete a state-of-the-art facility in Watts—one of the state’s highest need communities.
  • And finally, the organization will expand research and training efforts to improve practice and influence policy. Through these imperatives, CII will expand its services to more than 25,000 children and caregivers a year.

Learn more about our strategic goals by downloading CII’s 5-year Business Plan.

To find out how you can support CII’s efforts to expand services to thousands of children, youth and families across the county, please contact the Development Department at Children’s Institute, at 213.260.7622 or email

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