Community Needs : Early Childhood Development, Education, Housing Assistance
The funds supported a third educator for the year-round specialized mentoring-learning program that serves school-aged children in low-income families from Goleta to Carpinteria. Held at three on-site Learning Centers (Ladera near SB City College, and the Camper Park and Dahlia Court, both in Carpinteria), the program maximizes the involvement of the parents and local school districts. Bilingual, credentialed educators meet with the children daily to work on study habits and develop academic skills. Educators attend every parent-teacher conference with the family, and as a result see much better school participation. Feedback from teachers and principals has been extremely positive. In some cases, children in the program have realized an increase of several grade levels after one semester of participation.