THE LEARNING TREE ENRICHMENT CENTER

The Learning Tree Enrichment Center is a tutorial service that for 35 years has been successfully helping African American community children improve their academic performance in school. Each child is given an individual diagnostic assessment, using this information a learning success plan is created, and children are taught learning strategies to enrich school performance or to solve individual learning challenges. Teaching learning strategies and academic skills the center has been able to successfully close the achievement gap between a child’s inherent abilities and their school performance.

The center serves pre- school through adult learners. Instructors are credentialed teachers. Services are available in all academic areas including:

  • Mathematics/Algebra/Geometry/Calculus
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • History and Science
  • Students are given individual diagnostic assessments and a learning success plan is designed to help them reach their full potential. Learning success plans are designed to enrich learning performance or to solve individual learning challenges. Periodic evaluations are given to evaluate the student’s progress. K-12 students are given state standards assessment. Also, students will receive instruction on learning strategies, study habits, time management, and organizational skills to help them maximize their learning abilities. Homework assistance is available.

    In addition to academic and learning strategies the center specializes in working with:

  • Gifted and high ability learners in need of enrichment services
  • Underachieving gifted students
  • SAT/ACT, public and private school test preparation
  • California High School Exit Exam
  • Enrichment Services: Educational planning and consultant services, preparation to complete high school and college application, online school monitoring, school and book locator services, as well as computer training, technology and Internet access for projects and research papers.


    History


    The Learning Tree Enrichment Center was started in 1978 by Michael McLinn. Mr. McLinn wanted to provide a place in the community where children and families could come and be tutored. The center was designed to make sure that all children were able to reach their full potential. Mr. McLinn a gifted specialist believed that our community contained many gifted and talented children who had no place to go if they need help in developing their gifts and talents. This center was created to make sure that our children and families did not have to leave the community to receive assistance, intervention, and enrichment.

    In 1995 when Mr. McLinn retired from the center Patricia Kimathi, who had worked with Mr. McLinn for many years took over the center. Mrs. Kimathi had worked with community children for more than 20 years. She specialized in finding, identifying, and cultivating the gifts and talents of all children. Two years later she was joined by her gifted and talented husband AyiKwei. Mr. Kimathi is a business and entertainment consultant. Together they have been running the tutorial for over 15 years.

    In 2010 they realized that the center had become more of a family center and decided to reach out to their community and find out what was needed most. So the year 2010 was dedicated to reorganizing and finding out how they could best meet the immediate needs of the community. They have since established a family center that helps parents work with schools to develop their children’s innate abilities.


    Policy Statement


    Please review our policy statement. If you have special needs please do not hesitate to discuss them with us.

    Fees are low cost and affordable. Please remember that fees are due before service is rendered. A late fee is charged to anyone who does not pay on time (e.g. before session or same day) the methods of payment accepted are cash, debit cards and credit cards. Checks are not accepted. We are a by appointment only service; therefore same day cancellations (e.g. less then 24hrs. before scheduled appointment) are charged a cancellation fee. If you need to change your hours please contact us at 323 750-6559.

    Your appointment time is reserved; therefore if you are late, we will do our best to accommodate you. If two consecutive appointments are missed without prior arrangements, your appointment time will no longer be reserved. Remember we can only take a few children an hour and we make appointments on a first come, first serve basis.

    We are an enrichment center and we encourage you to take advantage of our varied resources: homework assistance, study skills practice, diagnostic testing, state standards assessment, school/ book locators, and unlimited Internet access for projects and research papers. Thank you, for your support and cooperation.

    OUR MISSION

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    To enhance the quality of life for families

    The mission statement of The Learning Tree Enrichment Center

    "To enhance the quality of life for families in the Central Cities community through a family directed resource center that symbolizes professionalism, cultural sensitivity, dignity, compassion and respect." While TLTEC is a enrichment and tutorial service that works with individual students to make sure they are working on or above grade level in their academic classes, it also works with families and schools to ensure that students are fulfilling their inherent abilities.

    TLTEC is a family and community empowering organization (See RESOURCESFAMILY CENTER) dedicated to improving the academic performance and well being of central city families. TLTEC will provide a family-friendly system designed to provide emotional support, information, resources, referrals, and training to under-served parents who have children within the central cities community, including grandparents as parents, and guardians. TLTEC will assist parents to better understand the availability of, participation in, and access to the services and supports in the community and educational system in accordance with applicable federal and state law and regulations.

    NEWS CONTENT

    Dear Community,

    The Learning Tree Enrichment Center has been an active member of this community since 1978. We were established in 1978 as a tutorial. Through the years we have become more than a tutorial and have grown into a center that has partnered with the community in many different ways. After working in this community for so many years we realize we have become more than a tutorial. Through the years parents have asked us to do more than tutor and we find we have become a family center. We tutor, we make referrals, we identify learning challenges, we work with school staff, and help find community resources As we continue service to the community we would lie to see how we can help the community. We would like to have you help us define what we After more than 30 years of service we would like to have the community that we are part of help us to define what we need to be. Tell us what would make it easier for you to raise your children and grandchildren. We know we can’t take on tall of the problems in the community and there are many organizations that we can refer you to help you look for additional assistance. We know that you know what you need. We would like you to help us decide what this community family center should include.

    Please look at this website, take the survey and comment on what you would like us to include. Give us feedback about how we can best serve the community we have been a part of for more than 30 years. After you view the suggested input please give us feedback at our newly established listserv. We will be opening this September so we need your feedback as soon as possible.

    Sincerely, AyiKwei and Patricia Kimathi

    CALENDAR EVENTS - 2013/2014

    TESTIMONIALS

    J.Lewis – The center helps me get smarter for the next day at school. It helps me get ready for state testing and makes me get better grades.

    M. Frazier – I have become better organized. I am getting better grades and now I do my homework.

    K. Toney - The center helps me to be a better reader. I learned to read when I was little but now I am learning how to read better and faster.

    RESOURCES LINKS

    THE Learning Tree Family Enrichment Center

    The mission of The Learning Tree Family Enrichment Center (TLTFEC) is "To enhance the quality of life of families in the Central Cities community through a family directed resource center that symbolizes professionalism, cultural sensitivity, dignity, compassion and respect."

    TLTFEC is a non-profit family and community empowering organization dedicated to improving the academic performance of children and well being of central city families. TLTFEC will provide a family-friendly system designed to provide emotional support, information, resources, referrals, and training to underserved parents, who have children within the central cities community, including grandparents as parents, and guardians. TLTFEC will assist parents to better understand the availability of, participation in, and access to the services and supports in the community and educational system in accordance with applicable federal and state law and regulations. The Learning Tree Family Enrichment Center will support families, gifted and talented organizations, agencies, parent organizations, consumers and professionals involved with community children and will provided them with opportunities to build individual and system-wide capacity to communicate more effectively.

    The TLTFEC will provides support, information, and access to services for families, professionals, teachers and/or schools who have or work with children and/or young adults, this includes children who are identified as gifted and talented or special needs. The intent is to reach out to the underserved families in the Central Cities community. The center will create opportunities for positive parent/professional /school collaboration. The center will also inform and connect families to available services, opportunities and support systems. The center will develop culturally sensitive and language-specific support groups throughout the community to connect and inform families. One of our main priorities will be to support underserved families in the community including one of the most underserved, the African American family.

    The Learning Tree Family Collaborative will provide core programs and services which will include a parenting center and school-wide/community outreach programs:

    The Parenting Center will assist underserved families by providing programs that:

    1. Empower parents of children, ages birth through 18, including low-income parents, parents of limited English proficient children, gifted and talented, and grand parents who act as parents, with the training, information, and tools they need to effectively help their children maximize their learning potential and achieve academically.

    2. Assist parents to understand the state educational grade level standards and academic year end test, and challenging academic achievement goals that have been established for all children.

    3. Provide training and information on parent rights, responsibilities, and protections in order to develop the skills necessary to cooperatively and effectively participate in planning and decision making concerning their children’s, education.

    4. Provide workshops, a resource library and information packets, community wide support groups, a comprehensive informational library, monthly newsletter with a multi-cultural calendar and dissemination of community and social activities.

    The School/Community Outreach Center will assist low to middle income, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse families in the Central Cities Community by:

    1. Providing technical assistance, training and direct services to central cities public, private, faith based and secular pre-k thru high schools.

    2. Delivering a parenting curriculum through the LTFC in both face to face and online classes.

    3. Convening an annual LTFC Parenting Matters community conference.

    4. Providing parenting information online and by phone hotline answering information on a wide range of topics from understanding report cards to standard based education testing to meeting the needs of gifted and under achieving students.

    5. Assisting schools by helping parents better understand their role in the school/parent relationship that leads to higher student achievement.

    6. Assisting schools in developing innovative, project-based after schools learning clubs that are aligned with California Department of Education Academic Content Standards and Youth Development Principles.

    7. Providing the after school project-based learning clubs with much needed access to well functioning computers and the internet, as well as providing their students with culturally relevant training in basic computer skills, in order to enhance educational success, help children complete school work, acquire and practice skills necessary for academic success, access information, and connect to community resources.

    8. Developing school transition programs and information including kindergarten readiness, transitioning from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school and college readiness starts in kindergarten.

    9. Developing a strong collaboration and partnership with organizations engaged in policy development and advocacy on the national, state and local levels to increase family engagement in education and student achievement.

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