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· The Family Literacy Program follows a unique model, which involves a family-focused service approach that centers on adult and early childhood education and the development of parenting skills. This program serves up to 25 adults per year and their 25 pre-school children (aged 1 to 5 years). This is accomplished through four interworking program components: the Early Childhood Education Center, English as a 2nd Language classes for Parents, Parent & Child Interactive Literacy Activities (PCILA), and Parenting Education. During 2015 NVCS’ Early Childhood Education Center became licensed by the state of California.
· The Afterschool Youth Program provides up to 80 at-risk youth, aged 6-18, with a developmental program consisting of academic enrichment and electives (including sports, gardening and art). By supporting youth in the growth of developmentally appropriate skills and with the educational support necessary to succeed in school, students are more likely to remain in school, graduate and obtain future employment.
· Outreach Services - The Breakfast Program, Food Pantry and 2nd Chance Bike Program help address the extreme poverty and homelessness pervasive in NVCS’ community. During 2016, thanks to several new partnerships, North Valley Caring Services was able to provide 11,000 lbs of food (much of it fresh) to the local, low income community each week.
¨ Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center-- Serves up to 25 children per year (0-5 years of age), providing age-appropriate educational services to help ensure kindergarten readiness by the age of five.
¨ English as a Second Language Training -- While their children are in the ECE Center, up to 30 adult learners per year are next door participating in rigorous ESL education, provided by a West Valley Occupational Center instructor. This basic adult education includes reading and language literacy, taught at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
¨ Parent Child Interactive Literacy Activities (PCILA) -- Each week parents take part in 2.5 hours of parent child interactive literacy activities to further the development of family literacy skills and to reinforce their role as their child’s first teacher.
¨ Parenting Education -- Through a partnership with Friends of the Family, all parents participate in a parenting education course for a minimum of 2.5 hours/week.
The Youth Program’s developmental framework is based around activities that involve academic enrichment and electives that center on sports, art and the environment. (Attached is a program schedule for the youth at NVCS, providing more detail.)
Academic Enrichment – Academic enrichment takes place every day in the program. On a weekly basis youth participate in 4 hours of homework assistance, one hour of math practice, one hour of computer literacy and one hour of independent reading. Youth are assisted by NVCS staff, parent volunteers, and also volunteers from Cal State Northridge (current students), the Volunteer Center, Boy Scouts of Greater LA, and local churches. Older youth also serve as tutors to the younger youth as part of leadership development and mentoring. Assisting youth with core subject materials on a regular, consistent basis helps to reinforce and build the youth’s knowledge in each subject area.
Sports, Arts and Environmental Enrichment Electives – NVCS believes that offering youth a variety of challenging and interesting experiences will help them gain a wider set of skills and knowledge. The Program offers different “electives” or skill building classes daily, after the academic portion of the program is concluded. Classes focus on 3 areas: sports (4 hours/week), the arts, and gardening (3 hours/week for art/gardening). Sports are offered daily, including basketball or soccer. For the environmental elective, a gardening class is offered once a week, where youth plant, tend and harvest an on-site garden with the help of a local volunteer skilled in gardening. Arts and Crafts, Hip Hop, Boy Scouts, Tae Kwon Do and community service projects are examples of other electives the Program rotates through the schedule.
During the past year NVCS’ Family Literacy Program was able to achieve its desired outcomes, significantly impacting the lives of 21 adults and their 23 children. During this time the program had an 81% retention rate among the families enrolled. More importantly, program evaluations revealed gains in all four program components.
The Adult ESL classes had an attendance rate of 86%. Recent CASAS assessments show that 70% of parents achieved a standard benchmark gain from pre- to post-test scores in the ESL classes. The Family Literacy Program’s ECE Center had a 85% attendance rate. DRDP pre- and post-tests showed that the children in the Family Literacy Program are on target developmentally for their literacy skills. All ECE children achieved a 1 level developmental gain. In addition, seven ECE preschool children graduated last June prepared to enter Kindergarten in the Fall. The Parenting Education component of the program had a 89% attendance rate for the required 10 hours each month. Comparison of pre- and post-parent surveys showed an increase in important parenting skills, including areas of nutrition, safety, discipline, developmental milestones, and more.All families also participated in Parent-Child Interactivel Literacy Activities (PCILA) 10 hours per month. This program component had a 85% attendance rate. Comparison of pre- and post-parent surveys showed parents were incorporating reading and literacy skills throughout daily life with their children and had a better understanding of their role as their child’s first teacher.
NVCS' Food Pantry program has grown dramatically over the last year. During 2016 NVCS began partnering with several organizations in order to better meet the nutrition needs of the hungry and homeless in our community. These donations not only help our Breakfast Program and Food Pantry but have also enabled us to provide snacks and meals to those participating in our Family Literacy Program (adults and children) and our After-school Youth Program. These new partnerships include: the provision of 11,000 pounds of food per week from the L.A. Regional Food Bank (including fresh fruits and vegetables); enrollment in Super King’s “Extra Helpings” program, which allows NVCS to pick up produce from this large grocery store chain; participation in L.A. Regional Food Bank’s Summer Meal Program, which provides the 60 youth in our Summer Program with a nutritious lunch Monday through Thursday; and participation in LAUSD’s Food Donation Program which allows NVCS to pick up LAUSD’s left over lunch meals and milk from five local schools, which serves 20 adults and 40 children daily.
NVCS measures the effectiveness of the Family Literacy Program using two basic measurement tools. The adult ESL classes use CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, CA State Dept. of Education measurement). Teachers do a CASAS pre-assessment when students enter the class, and then re-assess progress after every 100 hours of instruction. This measures progress in parents' reading, writing and verbal skill. The children's developmental progress is assessed twice annually using the DRDP-r (Desired Results Developmental Profile-revised, CA State Dept. of Education measurement tool). Each child is assessed within 60 calendar days of enrollment. Subsequent DRDP-rs must be completed every six months. After-school Youth Program progress is measured using pre- and post-tests, in addition to report cards and school attendance reports.
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