Human Services

Lotus Bloom

OAKLAND, CA

Mission

Lotus Bloom's Mission is to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive space to traditionally underserved populations to come together as a community to support parents and provide children with a rich learning foundation.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Angela Louie Howard

Main Address

555 19TH ST UNIT 131

OAKLAND, CA 94612 USA

Keywords

early childhood, family support, education, advocacy, parenting, community building, place-based, neighborhood based

EIN

51-0662715

 Number

7396479252

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Community Celebrations (A27)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The first three years of life set the foundation for a lifetime of health, learning, and fulfillment. Many new parents, however, face barriers to providing their children optimal levels of care and resources. Being the parent of a newborn can be joyful but exhausting, and social isolation is a particular risk factor for mothers who do not have nearby family support, who are unable to afford quality childcare, who are new to the United States or to the community in which they live, who are juggling childcare with other work and family obligations, and/or who are suffering from depression. We are here for them.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Multicultural Playgroups

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Caregivers,

Parents

Related program

Multicultural Playgroups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric shows the combined number of parent and child participants in our parent-child playgroups annually (June - July). We look forward to closing the 2019-2020 year serving over 1,000 people!

Number of curricula designed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Multicultural Playgroups

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Lotus Bloom has partnered with the California Childcare Resource & Referral Network for the design and publication of a Play-Based Curriculum in the Summer of 2020.

Number of leadership positions held by former program participants

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities,

Immigrants, newcomers, refugees,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Leadership positions include our Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

Charting Impact

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Lotus Bloom's Vision is that every child and their family, regardless of socioeconomic background, race or religion has access to a quality early childhood development programs and the knowledge, support and confidence to raise a healthy, happy child. We believe that healthy families lead to healthy communities. When parents are able to advocate for themselves and their family, they are more likely to also advocate for their communities to be improved with quality schools, safe streets, access to basic needs and family friendly amenities and more.

Our playgroups are the cornerstone of our services, where we provide a safe and healthy environment for children and families to thrive. We embed case management, resource and referrals, and other family support and empowerment activities into the playgroup time, and are thus able to create deep connections and support families who might not otherwise reach out for help. 95% of Lotus Bloom staff are Oakland residents, and over half started out as participating parents in our programs. Our diverse and dedicated staff members are thus able to connect with families using both their educational knowledge, on the job learnings, and their lived experiences. Lotus Bloom looks to the Family Strengthening Approach, as outlined by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), as the cornerstone of our playgroups. This is a research-informed, strengths-based approach that identifies family attributes which simultaneously prevent or mitigate the effect of exposure to stressful life events, and build a family environment that promotes optimal child development. Our playgroup curriculum seeks to develop these attributes and strengths in participating families.

As a network of established and trusted resource centers rooted in Oakland for over 10 years, we believe our continued success lies in the heart of the community in which we serve. By learning from, respecting and empowering the caregivers in our diverse communities, we are able to provide a healthy learning environment for our children. Lotus Bloom is a leader in the field multigenerational playgroup program development. As a founding member of the Oakland Family Resource Center Network, we work with other resource centers to support low income families to create protective factors, enabling them to combat the risk factors that interfere with caring for their children in a multigenerational and multicultural setting. We are known as the leading Family Resource Center offering high-touch education and support for early childhood development to low income, at promise families - simultaneously with community building, wellness education, case management and referrals.

In 2016, the Lotus Bloom community successfully developed a 5 year Strategic Plan. This effort was generously supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Together with a range of stakeholder representatives, we determined by 2021 as a result of our efforts, we would see the following objectives met: 1. Improved infrastructure & capacity—more sites, children, staff, Lotus Bloom is partners, etc. recognized, validated, & identified as a promising & best practice in the field 2. LB parents advocating & organizing together for: affordable childcare, housing, parks, libraries, & food 3. Empowered families who have the capacity to turn their poison into medicine for self & community empowerment 4. Continuous, diversified, mission- aligned funding 5. Reciprocal, reliable partnerships with aligned values 6. Children as leaders and parents as leaders and mentors 7.Empowered families who have the capacity to turn their poison into medicine for self & community Once a month, Lotus Bloom leadership convenes for an IMPACT Meeting to determine our progress toward reaching these goals with a comprehensive project management tool. Lotus Bloom engages in an active program evaluation process with multiple stakeholders including participating families, community partners, staff, board of directors, funders, and organizational leadership. Once a year we focus on the goals of the Family Resource Center as our benchmark to make sure we are always doing the following: 1.Fostering a sense of belonging 2. Promoting self efficacy The evaluation takes place over the course of a full feedback loop including implementation of a survey, feedback analysis, response cultivation and closing the loop with stakeholders.

The organization’s original design developed from the result of a survey of 60 San Antonio district families in July 2006. In August 2006, after the Making Connections Early Childhood Workgroup visited the Excelsior Center in San Francisco (which our director Angela Howard helped establish) the group requested the leadership of Lotus Bloom to develop a family resource center similar to the Excelsior Center in the San Antonio neighborhood. Following three months of extensive planning and community outreach, funded in part by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lotus Bloom opened its doors at Oakland Ready to Learn in October 2006. In January 2009, Lotus Bloom built a multi-cultural family resource center from the ground up. The space became a vibrant thriving hub for families to gather, learn, and grow and was voted Best New Space For Tots by the East Bay Express newspaper. In the same year we formed our Board of Directors. In 2012, Lotus Bloom received the Excellence Award from the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at the UCB Haas School of Business In 2013, Lotus Bloom expanded to open Room to Bloom in deep East Oakland's Castlemont neighborhood. In the same year, founding CEO Angela Louie Howard received the Jefferson Award for Community Service In 2016 Lotus Bloom grew to serve over 1,000 community members from sites in Downtown, San Antonio and East Oakland neighborhoods, as well as a school readiness program in the Allendale neighborhood. In 2018 Lotus Bloom officially opened the San Antonio Family Resource Center in partnership with All IN Alameda County, the East Bay Asian Youth Coalition, and TRYBE Inc., a grassroots neighborhood organization serving families. LB seeks to grow the capacity of our organization to broaden our commitment to Oakland neighborhoods with programming and engagement informed by the hopes and dreams of families in the communities that we serve.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/08/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

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