Downey Unified School District’s True Lasting Connections (DUSD-TLC) Family Resource Center was initially funded by a State Healthy Start Grant awarded in 2000. The Healthy Start initiative provided grants as seed funding to local education agencies to provide comprehensive, collaborative, school-linked health and human services to students facing the greatest challenges.
Originally, when TLC’s doors first opened, only two elementary sites (Ward and Pace) were provided with services. Through strategic planning, in order to maximize and build the necessary partnerships to sustain the program, services were later extended to more school sites. As part of the strategy, TLC also continued to build more partnerships with school administrators and with a variety of agencies in the community.
When Pace Elementary closed down, TLC was permanently relocated next door to Lewis Elementary on the corner of Foster Rd. and Bellflower Blvd. Today, services are available to the entire school district which consists of thirteen elementary, four middle, and three high schools.
The Center is often featured as a model and award winning program. The Association of School Administration was the first to recognize the program’s uniqueness in June of 2006 with the “Partners in Educational Excellence” award. In 2008 the California School Boards Association granted TLC the prestigious Golden Bell Award in the collaboration category. In 2009, TLC was honored with the Superintendent’s Vision Award and in 2010 TLC was presented with the City of Downey Mayor’s Service Award. In addition, TLC has received numerous congressional recognitions. More recently, TLC won another Golden Bell award, this time in the category of wellness.
TLC celebrated 15 years of service in 2015.