June 24, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Cradle to Career Initiative Launches School Readiness Campaign:

The Santa Monica Cradle to Career Initiative (SMC2C) launched the community’s first Kindergarten Readiness Campaign in February, reaching more than 250 families with children aged four to five years at SMMUSD School Round Up events and at various Community Corporation of Santa Monica housing locations.

The Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign aims to raise community awareness about the importance of early childhood development after data in the SMC2C Youth Wellbeing Report cards consistently revealed that only one-third of Santa Monica kindergarteners enter school at a level that is considered “very ready.”

Supported by the Child Care and Early Education Task Force and spearheaded by the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), Connections for Children, and various child care and early education providers, the Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign targets three main audiences: Families, Early Education Providers, and SMMUSD Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers.

The campaign consists of the Building Blocks for Kindergarten handbook, a portfolio for parents to share with kindergarten teachers, new web content, an e-newsletter, and presentations to parents at various community events.

The Santa Monica Public Library will support the campaign beginning in March by incorporating kindergarten readiness materials and information at weekly library story time programs. 

Concurrently, 15 child care and early education providers have pledged to integrate materials and information into their teaching curriculums, and will address kindergarten readiness with families with age-appropriate children during Spring 2015 parent-teacher conferencing. SMMUSD will also incorporate a new parent-teacher discussion document for all Fall 2015 entering kindergarten families (approximately 600 students).

“When parents and caregivers nurture children’s academic, social and emotional skills at home, those children are better prepared for success in kindergarten and for a path of life-long learning and achievement,” said Sandra Lyons, Superintendent of SMMUSD. 

To support this collective model of working together to address community needs, a Kindergarten Readiness Summit will take place between early childhood providers and SMMUSD Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers in late April at the RAND Conference on Early Childhood.

“This campaign is a prime example of what the Santa Monica Cradle to Career Initiative is about. The City, SMMUSD and key partners coming together to mobilize our community assets and know-how to make a deep and real change for families with young children,” said Julie Rusk, the City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Assistant Director. “We gathered data, analyzed it, and strategized on an approach and here’s the result: The Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign.”

Over the next few months, the Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign will continue to expand its efforts to reach families at community events including Santa Monica Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and local community clinics with pediatric services.

Information may also be found online at www.santamonicayouth.net/kindergarten.

in News
Related Posts

Fantastic Fireworks Celebrations in Los Angeles for July 4th

June 24, 2024

June 24, 2024

Find the Best 4th of July Displays and Parades on This List Culver City Fireworks Show: The Exchange Club of...

Suspicious Fire Behind Venice AT&T Building Investigated by Authorities

June 23, 2024

June 23, 2024

Witnesses reported seeing a person start the fire, prompting an active investigation Authorities are investigating a fire in Venice that...

Santa Monica CEO Convicted in Landmark Insider Trading Case

June 23, 2024

June 23, 2024

The Case Is Part of a Data-Driven Initiative by the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section A federal jury in Los Angeles...

LA County Issues Ocean Water Use Warning for Several Beaches on the First Day of Summer

June 21, 2024

June 21, 2024

Elevated Bacterial Levels Prompt Health Advisory for Popular Coastal Spots Sadly, on the first day of Summer, the Los Angeles...

THIS WEEKEND: “Venice Summer Fest 2024” Will Celebrate Local Artists, Brands, and Designers

June 21, 2024

June 21, 2024

Over 400 Artists Will Exhibit and Sell Their Original Creations  The Venice Summer Fest 2024 will take place on Saturday,...

This Palisadian Will Be the Youngest Ever U.S. Olympian in Beach Volleyball

June 21, 2024

June 21, 2024

Miles Partain, 22, Is One of Several Olympians That Came Out of Pali High By Zach Armstrong Palisadian talent will represent...

(Video) Sport Fishing and Whale Watching on the Pacific Offered by MDR Sportfishing

June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

Located Out of Marina del Rey, More Information Can Be Found at mdrsf.com @smmirrornews Operating out of Marina del Rey,...

Roman-Style Pizza Chain Opens on Main Street

June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

The Chain’s Menu Boasts Fresh Ingredients for Its Variety of Tradition, Gluten-Free and Vegan Options By Zach Armstrong Today on...

Sci Fi Museum’s Lease Gets Terminated at Former Sears Building

June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

The News Comes as a Slew of Controversies Surround the Museum and Its Founder By Zach Armstrong Amid tumultuous setbacks...

Pride-Colored Towers Vandalized During Pride Month for Two Straight Years in Palisades

June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

L.A. County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath Stated That the Graffiti Will Be Removed By Zach Armstrong For two consecutive years, pride-colored lifeguard...

Film Review: Hit Man

June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

FILM REVIEWHit ManRated R115 MinutesLimited run in theatres May 24th – June 7th, Released June 7th on Netflix Based on...

What to Expect at This Year’s “Pier 360 Beach Festival”

June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

The Festival Will Honor Jeff Ho, Iconic Surfboard Shaper and Founder of the Zephyr Surf Team, and Kathy Kohner Zuckerman,...

Judge Blocks Barrington Plaza Evictions, Citing Legal Violations

June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

Owner Douglas Emmett Inc. Sought to Evict Nearly 600 Tenants Last Year, Citing Safety Upgrades The eviction of hundreds of...

Yoga Gurus Sentenced for Defrauding Malibu Doctor

June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024

Dr. Sawusch Had a Successful Medical Practice in Pacific Palisades and Amassed Significant Wealth Through Investments A federal judge sentenced...

Thief Steals $4K of Jewelry from 3rd Street Promenade Store

June 18, 2024

June 18, 2024

The Owner Says a Similar “Smash-And-Grab” Incident Took Place Earlier This Year By Zach Armstrong A Ring camera placed inside...