We are a California Certified NPA!

We are a California Certified NPA!

PRIDE Learning Center is pleased to announce that we are now certified by the California Department of Education as a non-public agency (NPA)!


What does this mean?


The State of California requires that all agencies, private and public, wishing to contract with a public school district, receive approval and certification by the state for the programs they provide.  Public schools are required to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to special education students.  If a student’s special education needs cannot be met within the student’s district, the district may contract with an approved Non-Public Agency (NPA) for special education and related services.


In the case of PRIDE Learning Center, we have been approved and certified to work one-on-one either in our learning center or at the on-site location teaching reading, writing, comprehension and math skills to special education students.


During this process of certification, the state  has reviewed all of our programs, as well as the credentials, licenses and qualifications of our staff.  We had to provide the state with substantial documentation regarding such areas as fingerprinting, TB tests, record keeping, licensing, special education credentialing and many other state regulations.  Our facilities were checked for safety, insurances and compliance with all California employment regulations.


Being a non-public agency (NPA) allows public school districts throughout Southern California to start services and contract with PRIDE immediately.  By approving our agency, the state certifies that we are meeting high standards in both our programs and our staff.


PRIDE Learning Center is pleased to work together with public school districts to develop appropriate services given through the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).  It is such an honor to be approved by the State Department of Education as a certified Non-Public Agency (NPA).


For more information contact PRIDE Learning Center at 866-774-3342 ext. 1 or visit our website at www.pridelearningcenter.com




Karina Richland, M.A. is the Founder of PRIDE Learning Centers, located in Los Angeles and Orange County.  Ms. Richland is a reading and learning disability specialist and speaks frequently to parents, teachers, and professionals on learning differences.  You can reach her by email at karina@pridelearningcenter.com or visit the PRIDE Learning Center website at: www.pridelearningcenter.com



Dyslexia Center to offer classes, help for San Clemente families

Dyslexia Center to offer classes, help for San Clemente families

Students with dyslexia will be offered dyslexia help, tutoring, and resources at a new treatment center that has opened in San Clemente, California.


PRIDE Learning Center, an Orton-Gillingham reading clinic for students of all ages struggling with dyslexia and other reading disabilities, will offer specialized 1:1 remediation and support services.  The dyslexia program will be the first comprehensive reading and writing center of its kind in San Clemente.


“Our programs have impacted the lives of so many individuals,” says Karina Richland, owner of PRIDE Learning Centers.  “So many children come to us as non-readers struggling and frustrated with their dyslexia,” states Richland, “we are able to teach them how to read and help them appreciate and understand that their dyslexia is not necessarily a negative thing.”


The tutors at PRIDE Learning Center are credentialed teachers with Orton-Gillingham certification and strong backgrounds in Special Education.  The learning center will also host parent workshops and professional speakers throughout the year.


“We are extremely excited to continue our mission of helping the families in our communities by providing these desperately needed services to the twenty percent of individuals affected by dyslexia,” commented Karina Richland.  “Despite massive school reforms in special education, we still have large numbers of children that are not reading at grade level,” reports Richland.  “Through our on-site programs as well as our professional workshops and contracts with various school districts, we know that we can make a difference for so many children who struggle with reading and writing.”


The San Clemente dyslexia center officially opened its doors September 17th.  The center is located at 665 Camino De Los Mares 204B, in the medical buildings across from the Saddleback Memorial Hospital.


For more information, contact PRIDE Learning Center 866-774-3342 or go to www.pridelearningcenter.com