Lotus Bloom

OAKLAND, CA   |  https://www.lotusbloomfamily.org

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 info

2009

Executive Director

Mrs. Angela Louie Howard

Main address

2800 Park Boulevard

OAKLAND, CA 94610 USA

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EIN

51-0662715

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Community Celebrations (A27)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Multicultural Playgroups

Multicultural Playgroups are parent-child programs that foster bonding, social skills and early learning preschool experiences in a structured space with free play, art, literacy, circle time and field trips.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Caregivers, Parents

Related Program

Multicultural Playgroups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of curricula designed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Immigrants and migrants, Unemployed 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.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

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.

Financials

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Lotus Bloom

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Stephanie Lepow

Workday

Term: 2019 -

Tracey Black

Oakland Head Start

Jill Kunishima

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

Russell Williams

College Track

Stephanie Lepow

WorkDay

Thomas Edwards

Beneficial State Bank

Organizational demographics

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

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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

No data