UCI STUDENTS HELP IMMUNIZE YOUNG CHILDREN AGAINST ILLITERACY

The Children and Families Commission’s Reach Out and Read program partnered with UCI’s Department of Education to offer a field study course in early literacy and childhood education. Students received ongoing training and mentoring from the Early Literacy program staff, and were deployed across the county in Reach Out and Read pediatric offices and clinics reading to young children. The nationwide program promotes early literacy and school readiness with a research-tested, evidence-based model that’s proven to help children develop the language skills they will need to learn to read and succeed in school.

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YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

The LEAPS Project, supported by the Children’s and Families Commission of Orange County and Newport Mesa Unified School District, recently launched its You Make the Difference program. The program is designed to support parents of typically developing children, birth to five years old who would like to learn more about fostering and enriching their child’s early language, social and literacy development. It also provides support to vulnerable families whose children’s learning may be at risk due to environmental or societal challenges. For those parents who have limited communication skills or who may feel isolated and have limited social networks, You Make the Difference helps parents connect with other families and resources in their community.

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PRETEND CITY LAUNCHES THE COMMISSION FUNDED “GOOD TO GO FROM HEAD TO TOE” DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING PROGRAM

Pretend City Children’s Museum launched the Commission funded “Good to Go From Head to Toe” Developmental Screening program this week for community leaders and parents. In July, Pretend City received a $3.5 million Commission grant to implement a 10-year countywide program designed to educate the community, parents and care givers about the importance of regular developmental screenings for children, specifically infants to age five.

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