Los Niños Primero at a Glance


Mission of Los Niños Primero

To prepare underserved Latino pre-school children for educational success by providing opportunities to develop their language, cognitive, social, and motor skills.  Together with certified teachers, engaged parents, and trained teen volunteers, we inspire a passion for learning.

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Our Vision

To inspire Latino children to be lifelong learners and exemplary members of the community.


Core Values

Respect: LNP respects the dignity and culture of our students, families, teachers, and volunteers. 

Integrity: LNP is open and transparent, inspiring confidence and self-worth.

Responsibility: LNP teachers are accountable to create a high quality program. Parents are accountable to support the academic progress of their children. 

Passion for Learning: LNP motivates, disciplines and sets high expectations for achievement while welcoming students and families to a warm, accommodating and fun environment. 

Community: LNP creates an environment that cultivates team work and is mindful of cultural differences. Inspiring LNP families to contribute to their community and to explore the qualities of successful leadership

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A Quick History of Los Niños Primero

For eighteen years, Los Niños Primero has served disadvantaged Latino-American, preschool students and their families. We provide instruction in a rigorous, summer academic program and year-round Saturday school sessions in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Our mission is to prepare these underserved families (most living below the poverty level), to flourish in our public school system. Language, math, science, art and physical fitness are taught by Georgia certified teachers with expertly trained teen volunteers assisting in the classrooms.

Our program stays connected to these families and students throughout their childhood with supplementary programs in the arts, orchestra, chorus, karate and soccer and with relevant parenting educational workshops. Many of the children return to us as teenagers and volunteer in our classroom through high school and college. The extracurricular activities we offer our families engage the students and provide a sense of community. From the age of five, the students and their families are supported and encouraged to participate in these enriching activities.  The orchestra, chorus, karate and soccer meet twice a week throughout the year. Karate focuses on discipline training; soccer develops teamwork; the orchestra helps to advance concentration and math skills; and the chorus contributes to improved bilingual language skills. All of the extracurricular activities promote creativity, self-confidence and the reassurance of belonging to a caring community. 


The Numbers

  • 258 preschool children each year attend our free, academic summer program and Saturday school sessions.

  • 1,600 preschool students from Sandy Springs have completed our program since we began in June 2001.

  • 118 Youth Volunteers from several Atlanta-area schools work in the classrooms with our Georgia-certified teachers throughout the year and assist in fundraising efforts.

  • 32% of our Youth Volunteers participated in Los Niños Primero as students and were eager to return to serve as role models for the LNP students and leaders in their communities.

  • 130 adult Volunteers work year-round to assist with fundraising and to support our Los Niños Primero families.

  • 90% of our families participate in the parent education programs.

  • 40% of our annual funding is raised in events that volunteers organize and manage for our program. The remaining funds are from charitable foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Our supporters include:  

Goizueta Foundation, Couchman-Noble Foundation, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Foundation, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Mount Vernon Presbyterian ChurchThe Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Haven Campus Communities, The Imlay Foundation, The City of Sandy Springs, Fulton County Community Service Program, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation/United Way of Greater Atlanta, RBM of Atlanta, Paul and Carol Garcia Family Fund, Global Payments Inc., The Delta Community Credit Union Philanthropic Fund

Los Niños Primero Partners:  

Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy Springs Mission, Horizons Atlanta, Holy Spirit Catholic Center, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church and Sandy Springs Education Force


Contact Information

Maritza Morelli, Executive Director


Ashley Lewman, Development Coordinator