Central Valley Lights On After-School

On Monday, October 15, 2012,  Reading and Beyond was proud to co-host the Central Valley Lights On AfterSchool Luncheon, along with The Central Valley Afterschool Foundation, in Downtown Fresno.

Program Directors and administrators from six counties in Region 7 gathered to welcome Michael Funk, Director of the newly formed After-School Division of the California Department of Education. At the luncheon, Mr. Funk presented his division's strategy and philosophy for after-school programs and took questions from educators in attendance. Afterward, he toured two programs to see local after school programming, firsthand. One of the schools on his tour was Storey Elementary, a School-Based site of Reading and Beyond. Click the gallery below to see pictures of Mr. Funk’s visit. 

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Zumba® Fitness

Classes held at Mosqueda Center

We are pleased to announce that biweekly Zumba® Fitness and weekly Zumba Sentao™ classes are now offered at the Mosqueda Community Center. 

Zumba® Fitness classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for $3 per class.

Zumba Sentao™ is offered Wednesday mornings 8:00-9:00 a.m. for $5 per class.  

Discounted class rates are available when you buy a punch card. For more information or to register online visit our Zumba® page today.

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Effective Teaching

Educational Summits

Parent engagement has always been one of Reading and Beyond’s core philosophies of student success. Our goal is to provide parents with tools and information that will help them be engaged in their children’s education. On September 1 and 29, 2012, we hosted mini Educational Summits with approximately 55 parents at each event.

These summits focused on the importance of effective teachers in every classroom, every day. Parents learned how Effective Teaching is critical in preparing students for success in the classroom and the workforce, as well as how parents can be powerful partners with teachers in ensuring a student’s academic success.

As we continue our work with parents, they are encouraged to become active by continuing to learn about educational issues that affect their children, talking to other parents and spreading the word about the importance of effective teaching and voicing their opinions and concerns by participating in school and community meetings. 


To learn more about our parent involvement programs, contact Maria Ceballos at 600-6188 or mceballos@readingandbeyond.org.

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Top 10 Professional Women and Top Business Awards

Amy Arambula and Matilda Soria

Congratulations to our own Dr. Matilda Soria and Amy Arambula for being selected as two of Fresno’s Top Ten Professional Business Women of 2012, by the Marjaree Mason Center. Each year, the Marjaree Mason Center chooses ten local women and a business who are role models of community service and professional achievement.

This year's honorees were recognized at a luncheon at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center's new Exhibit Hall. Congratulations to each of the 2012 winners.

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eNewsletter - Issue 19 - Fall 2012

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Dickey Youth Center

Our Second Home

Reading and Beyond is now offering programs at the Dickey Youth Center in Downtown Fresno.  The center houses our Fresno Bridge Academy, the Promise Neighborhoods project as well as parent workshops, reading tutoring and many other community functions.  Stop by and visit us anytime.


Reading and Beyond Preschool

Featured on Kids Count - PBS

Kids Count - Why 3rd Grade Reading Matters, was recently broadcast on ValleyPBS, discussing the importance of reading to a student’s performance in school, and how less than half of California’s third-graders are reading at their grade level.  Reading and Beyond Preschool was featured in this examination of our children’s needs in order to achieve success in school.

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Comcast Newsmakers

Jenny Brietigam, our Manager of K-12 Programs, visits the Comcast studio to talk about the variety of student and family programming of Reading and Beyond, our proven results, and our achieved goal of a one-stop-shop facility.

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Family Fun, Health, and Education at the

October Family Resource Night


On October 17th, 2012, nearly 400 people packed into the Mosqueda Community Center’s outdoor courtyard for a Halloween-themed Family Resource Night. As Reading and Beyond seeks to create a “one-stop-shop” facility, this event was hosted with a goal of linking current program participants to other resources that are available through the Mosqueda Center, Reading and Beyond, and within the greater Fresno community.

Families were lined up at the door to join in the festivities. Kids of all ages arrived in creative, spooky, and downright adorable outfits to compete in the costume contest.  Parents circulated from booth to booth as they connected their families to new resources and opportunities. They had an opportunity to sign their students up for tutoring, learned how to properly install a car seat, and were even encouraged to go back to school as an adult.

After mingling with various service providers, our neighbors enjoyed the community spirit that was so evident that night, as they cheered for youngsters in the costume contest, cavorted on the playground, and marveled at the tricks being performed in the bike park.

Amongst the many great successes of the evening, a few truths were evident: families are coming to the Mosqueda Center, neighbors are strengthening relationships with one another, and Reading and Beyond is here, ready, and at the heart of it.

Thank you to our partners: San Joaquin Valley College, Institute of Technology, Kaplan College, Clinica Sierra Vista, Barrios Unidos, Department of Social Services- Kinship program, RAB Preschool, CalViva, Anthem Blue Cross, SafeKids Central Valley/Children’s Hospital of Central California, Healthy Smiles, and Learn2Earn/Heald College.

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