Thank you for working with Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley to equip 8 classrooms at the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Golden West College! Thanks to your support, the classrooms are filled with educational and fun toys and activities for children ages 0-5. Kids are learning and having fun at the preschool every day and you have personally set them on the path to a great future by supporting this project. Thank you!
Since we have reached our goal of fully equipping the classrooms, the Boys & Girls Club plans to close this project on GlobalGiving, but we hope you will come see what other big plans we have to help the children and families of the Huntington Beach area.
Stephanie, a mom whose little one attends the preschool you helped equip, says, “The school and its wonderful staff create a very educational atmosphere for the minds of our young children. The layout of the new center gives not only the teachers and children a great deal of safety, but us parents too. I myself feel a great amount of comfort when dropping and picking my daughter up from the premises of this school. Thank you to all who put in the time and effort to make this school possible.”
Thank you again for helping give kids a wonderful environment to learn and play in. We hope you'll partner with the Club again to help even more families!
Our Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool celebrated “Week of the Young Child” in April. It’s an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
This special week is designed to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs like ours that meet those needs. That’s the formal reason behind it. We asked our kids and staff what week of the young child meant to them, and here’s what we heard:
“It’s awesome because we can teach the children why they are so special” - Caroline Rodriguez (Staff)
“We celebrated me because I am a good person” - Breyden age 4
“Celebrating children and it makes me feel special” - Tamia age 4
“Week of the young child made me feel happy inside” - Caitlin age 5
What could possibly be better than helping young children feel happy and special and like they are good people?!
Our Week of the Young Child festivities included classroom banners that parents helped make covered with parents’ reasons why their child is special, a chance for moms and dads to come and spend extra time with their kids during the day at a parent and child breakfast, and a carnival to end the week with a fantastic fun-filled celebration.
Enjoy the photos of this weeklong celebration that made the kids at our preschool feel extra happy, extra special and extra good!
We can hardly believe that it's been a year already, but the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool has just celebrated it's first anniversary of serving Huntington Beach area children and giving them the best in early childhood education.
The kids celebrated with a special winter wonderland carnival and got to decorate and enjoy cookies as a special treat. You can see them decorating and showing off their cookie masterpieces below.
Preschool Director Susan Bixler says, "Thank you for helping make this last year such a success. We are so grateful for your support. I wish you could see like I do every day what a difference you make to the kids here. The support that you give really does change lives for the better for the kids in our daytime program and in our free evening preschool for low-income families."
One of the programs that operates at our Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool at Golden West College is the Twilight Education Project. This program gives low-income English Language Learners free preschool instruction for young children, academic support for school age kids, and ESL and job skills training for moms and dads. This program is the Club's premier "Family Strengthening" program and won Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 2011 Family Strengthening Award. The program started in 2003 and over the years, it has received many honors at the local, state and national levels. More important to the Club than any award that we might receive is the success of the families we serve.
The Alvarez family has been participating in the Twilight Education Project almost from its very start. In 2004, a staff member at the Huntington Beach City School District referred the Alvarez family to the Boys & Girls Club's Twilight program and to Speech and Language Therapy because their three year old child Melissa had a speech delay. Coupled with her therapy, the Twilight preschool program forced her to use language skills to communicate with her peers and she started to have great results. The speech and language therapy program usually takes a couple of years, however, Melissa only needed one year and was able to enter directly into regular education in Kindergarten, without having to do special day classes. Her mother and her speech therapist thought the Twilight program had a lot to do with this success. Melissa and her younger sister Marian have both been in the program since 2004 and have attended regularly over all these years. They are doing excellent work in school. Melissa is now in 5th grade and gets A’s on her report card. Marian is now in 4th grade and is having great success in her school’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. Their mother, Marqueza Alvarez, believes that the help that her children have received at the Twilight Education Project is what has enabled them to be so successful in school. Mrs. Alvarez is one of the biggest parent promoters of the program and helps us spread the word within the local community.
The preschool classrooms that this project helps support are now giving the next generation of young children the opportunity to succeed like Melissa and Marian. Thank you!
As you can see from the big smiles on the face of these little ones, the kids at the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool love the program and are thrilled with the classroom supplies that your generous support helps buy. Thank you so much!
When we opened the new preschool, we hired more staff to accommodate our growing enrollment and the wide variety of teaching styles this has brought to our school has been wonderful. We have incorporated so many new ideas! I’d like to tell you about some of the fun activities that we’ve done this summer...
In June, teachers took our preschoolers to visit Harbour View Elementary School so that they could get a sense of what to expect when they go to Kindergarten in the fall. They toured the campus, visited inside a Kindergarten classroom where a Kindergarten teacher read books to them and led them in some music and movement activities. They also got a chance to play like the big kids on the Kindergarten playground. When they came back, the kids were so excited about starting school now that they knew what to expect.
This summer we also held a Family Picnic where families gathered on the preschool playground for an evening filled with a BBQ, games, karaoke, and raffle prizes. We had a great turnout and families enjoyed the time spent together.
In the classrooms, children have been busy learning about the ocean and sea animals. They are painting and creating the ocean and everything that they can think of that lives under the sea. Along with discussions of the ocean, staff has also used circle time for the opportunity to talk to the kids about sun protection and how important it is. Water play has been a big part of our summer outdoor play as well. The kids enjoy cooling off in our small swimming pools, sensory tables and simply playing out in the sunshine.
Thank you for making all these fun and special activities possible by supporting the preschool!
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