Young Horizons

For Parents

The Organization of Parents and Teachers (OPT) is a great way to get involved in your child’s school experience. Participate on the OPT Board, volunteer in the classroom and at special events, join us on Field Trips, or let us know how you want to be involved!


The mission of the OPT is to strengthen the parent-teacher connection and assist with the children’s overall preparation for success in school, career, and life experiences. The OPT is committed to enhancing the children’s activities through parent involvement, mutual support, and parent education.


We hope to support program activities where teachers, parents, and staff work together (through picnics, festivals, expos, etc.) for the benefit and well being of the children and their families.

  • To advocate on behalf of Young Horizons children and families.
  • To work together to provide children with experiences that are outside the center’s budget.
  • To support Young Horizons at community events and meetings where staff and parent participation would benefit the children’s program.
  • To meet the requirements of the State Department of Education’s Child Development Division to make suggestions for the program’s activities.

Parent Meeting Topics

Parent Meetings are a fun and educational way to get involved with your child’s center. Meetings include educational workshops with special speakers, family events such as an annual picnic, “No-TV” Night, Science Fair, Family Fun Night, Open House, and Graduation. Meeting announcements are posted on the OPT Bulletin Board and on your Parent sign-in sheet.

July: “Careful, It’s Hot” Grossman Burn Center presentation
August: State Preschool Orientations
September: Open House at each center
October: Family Fun Day at each center
November: Harvest Lunches
December: Nutrition
January: Appropriate Discipline
February: Math
March: Picture Days and Positive Behavior
April: Literacy
May:  No TV Night
June: Family Picnic

OPT Newsletter Archives

2022 – 23 OPT BOARD

Claudia Swartz

Vice President
Isabel Arvea 

Amber Pimentel 

Chriseta Champion 

Center Representatives
Central Pacific
Fatima Zamorano

Grisham Center  
Marby Garcia  

Kohn Center
Amber Pimentel

Ludloff Center
Silvia Romero 

North Pacific
Ana Barcenas 

OPT Board elections are held in October of each year. Positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a center representative for each of our five centers. Board Announcement 2022-2023

Young Horizons OPT

OPT Vice President Amber Pimentel serves up yummy pizza to parents and children.

Super fun bounce houses provided hours of play for the children.

Thank you to Jose Torres for barbecuing all day! Hamburgers and hot dogs were in demand!

OPT Coordinator, Andrea Carrasco can be reached at (562) 437-8991 x 14 or via email at
Thank you to our out-going board for all their contributions to the OPT and making last year a success!