Improving the Lives of Families
through Child Care Services,
Research and Advocacy

About Us

 From the dreams of two young mothers almost 40 years ago, came the reality of today’s Crystal Stairs, Inc. - Children learning, parents thriving, and communities bursting from the pride and success of nurturing children and families into better futures.

As mothers and educators, Crystal Stairs’ founders knew that every moment in a child’s life creates an opportunity to make a difference. High-quality early childhood care and education remains our chosen path to this vision. This is the collective vision of Crystal Stairs, Inc. that guides us as we look to improve the lives of families through child care services, research and advocacy.

Through the efforts of our board, staff and many professional and community partners, Crystal Stairs’ programs and services enhance the quality of life for thousands of children and families in Los Angeles every day.

Helping a parent find child care, training child care providers on how to nurture and educate young children, helping parents and providers bridge the affordability gap with child care subsidies and teaching a child to use a computer are just part of what we do. We help families to succeed, children to learn and child care providers to be competent, confident caregivers.

Our program funding comes primarily from government contracts and a growing number of foundations and donors. Inevitably, we continue to face the ever-increasing challenges of fiscal constraints and competing priorities. We must enhance our efforts to advocate for programs and funding that help our children learn and grow safely, intelligently and inquisitively throughout their young years. And to survive and thrive as an organization, we must work with efficient technology and use the growing array of electronic communication tools to bring others to our journey.

We are proud of the fact that we have continued to fulfill our mission, and we look forward to your support for many years to come. Join us as we find new and innovative ways to help our families and children succeed. Pledge your support as we continue the journey to build a future where children are treasured and families are sustained. All of us have much to give and receive from this quest. It is joyful and affirming.

Jackie B. Majors
Chief Executive Officer


How We Got Our Name

We selected our name from the Langston Hughes poem, “Mother To Son,” which captures our perspective on life, our aspirations for the future, and our dream that every child’s life will have its full measure of “crystal stairs.”


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Mother to Son By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no Crystal Stairs.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor-
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin'on,
And reach' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Dont't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now-
For I'se still goin',honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no Crystal Stairs.

HUGHES by Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampers as with
David Roessel, Associate Editor, copyright © 1994 by the Estate of
Langston Hughes. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division
of Random House, Inc. Any third party use of this material, outside
of this publication is prohibted. Interested parties must applu
directly to Random House, Inc. for permission.