Summer Academy 2012

The Olympic spirit is strong as our 2012 Summer Academy is in mid-swing. Each summer, our Summer Academy provides literacy assistance to ensure that local children from low-income families are prepared for the coming school year.  It is during the summer months, when kids are out of school, that they are most vulnerable to delinquent activities including such things as exposure to gang activity and experimentation with drugs.

Additionally, Summer Learning Loss is a battle for many low-income children. Research has shown that many low-income children do not have access to academically enriching activities during the summer which help them retain the learning that took place over the school year. Often, students regress in their academic development, some regressing as much as 2-3 months.  The Summer Academy provides fun activities, while at the same time allowing them to learn and grow.


The literacy and academic enrichment components help to ensure students’ skills stay honed and their brains stimulated.  Additionally, students stay active by participation in sports, nutrition, arts and crafts, dance, and much more. Our 2012 Summer Academy has an “Olympics” theme, to coincide with the London Olympic Games. The program is running June 25 - August 3, 2012 for four hours per day. Approximately 300 students are enrolled this summer.

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importance of summer learning


Congratulations to our

2012 Preschool Graduates!

The class of 27 children gathered in cap-and-gown on June 29 to celebrate their accomplishments and be recognized by parents. There were  200+ parents and relatives in attendance, cheering and passing tissue boxes around as students performed their favorite songs they've learned over the school year. Each graduate received their preschool diploma marking their first step towards a successful academic career. The graduation ceremony ended with a delicious spaghetti dinner coordinated by the Parent Committee.

The main goal of our preschool program is to provide an early learning foundation for children in Fresno. As research shows, the first five years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of children's cognitive and social-emotional development. We know it is important for children to be exposed to a rich and stimulating environment that encourages learning through a balance of pre-literacy and numeracy activities, structured free choice, and hands-on experiences. We believe a quality preschool can help set the course for a lifetime of success.

In July, our preschool officially relocated to the Mosqueda Community Center as part of our one-stop-shop for the community. Reading and Beyond provides both private and state-funded preschool programs, each serving approximately 22 children.

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ELL Parent Conference

On Saturday, June 30, close to 200 people (including adults and children) attended our annual educational conference titled “Involucrate (Get Involved) – Parent Engagement Equals Student Success.” The entire conference was organized and run by parents. Parent leaders ran workshops on topics they felt were important for their peers to learn about. Such sessions included:

• Importance of Parent Engagement – ATLAS parent portal

  1. English Language Learners – Importance of Reclassification from English Language Learner to English Language Proficient

  2. Options for Higher Education.


The goal of the conference was to enable parents of struggling students to learn from other parents who have walked in their shoes, about real life and practical ways to help their children turn around their academic performance. Conference attendees shared that hearing the message from other parents was impactful and motivating for them to want to get more involved in their children’s education.

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Pathways to Success

Congratulations to our Graduates!

In June, we celebrated the graduation of our Pathways to Success program participants. Listed below are the names of the participants who are now enrolled and attending college or have successfully completed their GED.

This program is meant to help create alternative pathways for adults who are looking to advance in their career and in life. Participants receive help completing their educational goals (secondary or post-secondary education) by providing mentoring, coaching, academic support and access to social services.

Pathways to Success worked with 52 participants and their families. Participants were provided with one-on-one case management, which assisted them with goal planning, mentoring and support, as well as additional training to acquire employment. Each participant took part in 24 small group workshops and 10 large group sessions. In addition, they met with their case manager on a weekly or biweekly basis.

80% of the participants who sought help in continuing their education and/or obtaining employment preparation are now enrolled in a secondary education program, post-secondary education, program and/or employment training program. Specifically, 14 of the participants enrolled in a post-secondary education and 44 participants enrolled in secondary education with 17 of them completing their GED.

The uniqueness of this program is that it gives participants who are pursuing secondary education a flexible class schedule, childcare, help with registration cost, and most importantly the opportunity to complete their GED faster than any other traditional route.


Promise Neighborhood - Update

In January of 2012, Reading and Beyond was one of 15 organizations nationwide to receive a Promise Neighborhood planning grant. The planning grant was submitted as a city-wide collaborative effort which draws on the strengths of over 40 organizations throughout Fresno to align and strengthen cradle-to-college/career programming designed to break the cycle of poverty.

“The Promise Neighborhoods program aims to address significant challenges faced by students and families living in high-poverty communities by providing resources to plan and implement a continuum of services from early learning to college and career. Plans include a range of services from improving a neighborhood’s health, safety, and stability to expanding access to learning technology and Internet connectivity, and boosting family engagement in student learning.” (U.S. Department of Education, press release)

Within the past six months, the collaborative has administered over 380 interviews with neighborhood families, conducted a needs assessment and segmentation analysis,  identified gaps in programming along the cradle-through-college/career continuum, and developed a “Pipeline of Programs” that will assist children to successfully move along the continuum. The next steps include finalizing a plan for a longitudinal, database management system, garnering a 100% match, and writing the Implementation Grant proposal that is due on July 27, 2012.


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in college:

Alicia Terriques

Ana B Lara

Ana Balverde

Aurora Hernandez

Cristopher Martinez

Guadalupe Perez

Maria Camarillo

Maria Salgado

Silvia Higareda

Yolanda Andrade



Angelica Guerrero

Araceli Campos

Carmen Garcia

Francisco Sanchez

Francisco Suarez

Gabriela Mora

Lelis Gonzalez

Marina Aceves

Miguel Martinez

Ruth Nuno

Sandra Bedolla

Tereza Zapeta

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