McKinley Honors Community Champions at Upcoming Champions of the Hearts Gala

Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 6 PM-11 PM
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Pomona
3101 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

McKinley Children’s Center invites local residents and organizations to join us as we honor champions in our local communities at our Champions of the Heart Gala. Our elegant black-tie event will once again be hosted by NBC4 Reporter Annette Arreola and will feature a decadent dinner, premium cocktail bar, casino games, a live and silent auction, and live music. It will be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Pomona from 6 PM to 11 PM on April 13, 2019.

This year, we will be honoring 4 different heroes in our community
for their outstanding dedication and support to McKinley and the communities we serve. We hope to see you there as we recognize Edison International, St. Louise de Marillac Church, Senator Anthony Portantino, and Garry Creel, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance at the Azusa Unified School District.

Tickets and tables of eight, are currently available online at or by calling 909-670-1572.

If you or your organization are interested in being sponsors at our event, we have many fantastic opportunities. Being a sponsor at our Champions of the Heart Gala is a fantastic way to gain visibility for your business, while showing support for community heroes. Sponsorships can also be purchased online at or by calling 909-670-1572.  

All proceeds directly benefit the children that we serve at McKinley! We look forward to seeing you there!

McKinley Children’s Center Proudly Receives Re-Accreditation Through the Council on Accreditation (COA)

McKinley Children’s Center is proud to announce that it has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of McKinley Children’s Center’s programs, services, management, and administration.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

To achieve COA accreditation, McKinley Children’s Center first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.


The Harvest Bowl Event was held on November 2, 2019. We are thankful to everyone who came out to support this great event! Thank you to all of the support and our weonderful sponsors.

Providing Holiday Cheer: Toys N Joys 2018

For decades, our Toys N Joy clothing and toy drive has allowed us to provide gifts to hundreds of children that are in our Foster Family and Adoption program, attend our non-public schools, are serviced by our mental health program, or are living on our San Dimas campus through our residential program.

Southern California Edison donated more than 300 individual wish lists for our kids!

Every October, our staff reaches out to our different programs to gather a wish list from every child that will be involved with our Toys N Joys program. This ensures that each kid is making a list of exactly what they hope to receive. We work hard to gather information from the kids about everything from their clothing size to their favorite colors to their most desired gift. Wishlists are distributed to local businesses, organizations, and individuals starting in November.

Because of the amazing generosity of donors, we were able to provide gifts to over 600 McKinley children this year! We are so grateful and overwhelmed by the participation of all of those in our communities. We received such a wide variety of donations, from sweaters to dolls to board games to bicycles to gift cards.

Thank you to each and every person who helped to make the holidays brighter for our kids, many of whom have never received a gift from someone who cares. We are honored to receive your donations and are looking forward to partnering with all of our donors (current and new!) next December.