Pasadena’s Mothers’ Club Moves Forward with Name Change Reflecting Broader Mission

Guests receive Families Forward Learning Center\'s new shirt during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James CarboneRepresentatives from local dignitaries pose during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James CarboneGuests watch a presentation during Families Forward Learning Center name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James Carbone Hector La Farga Jr., the Executive Director for the Families Forward Learning Center, welcomes guests during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James CarboneChildren from the Families Forward Center give a singing performance during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James CarboneMartin Moran, of Pasadena, gives the \Children from Families Forward Learning Center welcome during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James Carbone Employees from Families Forward Learning Center pose for pictures during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James CarboneEmployees and children from Families Forward Learning Center, and with local dignitaries representatives pose for pictures during Families Forward name change event at the Families Forward Learning Center in Pasadena, CA., Wednesday, September 7, 2017. Photo by James Carbone

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11:50 am | September 8, 2017


Supporters, families and children joined the staff of what until days ago was called the Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, now Families Forward Learning Center at 980 N Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena, in a special event celebrating the changing of the Center’s name Wednesday, September 7.

Also present were the families of the employees, including their children who took part in a singing performance for guests who came to witness the event.

Among the guests were representatives from the offices of State Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblymember Christopher Holden, Mayor Terry Tornek, and members of the Pasadena City Council.

Aside from being entertained by the special presentation, guests were also given new Families Forward Learning Center shirts during the name change event.

The name change came out of an intensive process of research, brainstorming and discussion that began two years ago, and included consultations with key internal and external audiences, according to a statement by Families Forward.

“We changed our name to Families Forward to be recognized as a more inclusive organization that serves the entire family and positions us to have more impact in the community we serve,” Families Forward Board President Nurit Kotick said. “With the name change, we hope to attract new supporters to our organization.”

The center has been helping to prepare low-income children and families for success in school for the past 56 years. It has steadily grown in size and role from a small grassroots group founded by a number of civically active women helping local moms with childcare to now providing groundbreaking two-generation learning programs for entire families.

Families Forward Executive Director Hector La Farga Jr. said the name change is part of the evolution of the Center’s history.

“We really felt that this was the right time to reposition ourselves in the community, and the name change recognizes us as an inclusive organization, not just serving children and moms, but we’re serving fathers, grandparents, and extended families in the community,” La Farga said. “The heart of our organization has always been our staff and the people we serve, and as we become Families Forward, the spirit and legacy of Mothers’ Club will persist in our unmatched commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s at-risk families.”

The center’s Two-Generation Learning Program serves more than 100 local, low-income, preparing them for kindergarten while helping parents build the skills they need to help their children succeed in school and in life. Parents and children learn under the guidance of highly skilled professionals.

For more about the Center, visit www.mothersclub.org.