The Commons is closing in Santa Monica;
the Robert F. Kennedy School Complex will be its primary location in the Pico Union neighborhood
For the last three years, the UCLA Family Commons has been in Santa Monica supported by the families of Santa Monica, UCLA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We aimed to bring science to your family’s routine as quickly as possible in ways that are useful to you and your family. We have learned a great deal from you for the last three years:
- The strategies that may be most useful to families;
- The times and services that can build resiliency slowly over time;
- The best mix of paraprofessionals and professionals that can support families;
- The topics that are needed by families.
We have realized for the last year, in particular, that there are many great agencies in Santa Monica and the west side of Los Angeles that also meet families’ needs well. Rather than complementing these agencies and building on their existing services, the Commons was serving a new clientele. We want to build on communities’ and families’ strengths, not compete with existing resources. The Commons at Santa Monica also helped us identify how to scale the programs to a national level, that is, by offering services to agencies and service providers that already have a built-in clientele (e.g., schools, YMCA, existing agencies).
The Commons in Santa Monica allowed us to learn from the educated and informed parents of our community. We want to take these lessons to a broader audience and tailor, refine, and transform how we serve families and communities in more effective ways.
Thank you for letting us learn from you.
The Commons faculty, staff, and partners of the
UCLA Semel Institute