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About Us

Mission & Core Values

Our mission is simple: 

To nurture young children through quality preschool programs,

To inspire children to use creativity and

To discover freely the world around them.

We have been a vital part of the Eastlake and Garfield communities since our founding in 1967. We were founded to provide education to children of low income families and have expanded to additional locations and to offer quality preschool. We have continued to grow with the help of our donors and the volunteers that make our mission possible. Through all these years our purpose still remains the same: bring quality services to children and families.


We are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation offering a comprehensive Head Start program as well as a preschool program open to all children ages 3-5. Our programs receive scholarship support from First Things First and from grants and donations from local corporations and the community.

Our programs support:


Child Development & Health Services


   Mental Health

   Medical & Dental Health



Family and Community Partnerships

   Social Services

   Parent Partnerships

   Program Governance and Design

Board and Staff

Administrative & Support Staff

  • Josie Ayon, Executive Director

  • Cecelia Ochoa, Assistant Director

  • Lauren Paiva, Education Director

  • Angelica Duran, Compliance Specialist

  • Cynthia Ayon, Office Manager

  • Bianca Hernandez, Education Mentor/Coach

Join the Board

Booker T. Washington Child Development Center, Inc. is looking for additional board members who believe education is key to our most vulnerable children and believe that all children are capable of learning no matter what their socio-economic status is. We invite you to join us in:

  Program Planning
  Community Development
  Involving Stakeholders & Corporations
  Fund Raising

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