August 13, 2013

Mayor Eric Garcetti will mark the first day of school by announcing the opening of five new sites of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program, bringing the citywide total to 194 schools, serving over 28,000 children throughout Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Of course this is good news for the five new schools who are adding an award-winning after school program,” Garcetti said. “But we also are happy that this expansion encompasses an area stretching from the Valley to the South side of the city, benefiting hundreds of children in Los Angeles, and their families, and adding a source of inspiration and information to their communities. This is a good day for the City of Los Angeles and a great way to kick off a new school year.”

“I’ve said before that kids failing to learn and graduate are among the most serious problems we face as a City,” Garcetti said. “LA’s BEST addresses these needs, brings arts education into schools and – most importantly – keeps kids safe after school in a nurturing environment that leads to greater success in the classroom, and beyond.”

LA’s BEST students are 20% less likely to drop out of school than non-LA’s BEST students, according to a UCLA study. By enticing children through a wide variety of sports, arts and other enrichment programs, LA’s BEST improves children’s attitudes about school and performance in the classroom, according to 25 years of research about the program.

“Mayor Garcetti has always been a passionate advocate for the children of Los Angeles and an avid supporter of LA’s BEST,” according to Carla Sanger, President and CEO of the program. “We are pleased but not surprised that his support continues and that we are seeing immediate action by his Administration that benefits our children and promotes education. The fact that we are growing so soon and so fast is an indication of what matters to the Mayor – children and education.”

The new locations for LA’s BEST are:

South Region # 11 ES – Tentative Opening August 13th

929 W. 69th Street

LA, CA 90044

Michelle Obama ES – Tentative Opening - August 26th  

8150 Cedros Avenue

Panorama City, CA 91402

Sally Ride ES – Tentative Opening – September 3rd

1041 E. 46th Street

LA, CA 90011

Washington Primary Center - Tentative Opening – September 3rd

860 W. 112th Street

LA, CA 90044

South Region # 10 ES – Tentative Opening – September 3rd

4410 Orchard Avenue

LA, CA 90037

LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. The organization is celebrating its 25th year of operating in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector.

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