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Early Childhood Education Program

Storyteller Children’s Center in Santa Barbara, CA by Melissa Walker

About our cause

Storyteller provides a tuition-free preschool program for homeless and at-risk children that helps prepare them for kindergarten. Children receive nutritious meals, medical screenings, and therapy if needed for developmental delays. Parents are able to work or attend school while their children are enrolled. We offer parent education classes, on-site counseling, home visits, case management, and referral services. We help families in crisis achieve stability and work towards a brighter future.

What population we serve?

Children ages 18 months to five years and their families. All are very low income and many have experienced domestic violence and substance abuse.

What success we've already had

We are conducting a longitudinal study with UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education that tracks our preschool graduates through third grade. Data from this study is showing that Storyteller's program is helping to close the academic achievement gap that exists for low-income children.

Our primary mission
Storyteller Children's Center provides quality, tuition-free early childhood education for homeless and at-risk children, helping to prepare them for kindergarten. In addition, we provide comprehensive support services for their families.
Why should you support our cause

Our early childhood education program provides free preschool to 70 homeless and at-risk children, ages 18 months through five years, daily.

How the money will be spent

Funds would help pay for food (breakfast, lunch and a snack daily for 70 children), program supplies (diapers, baby wipes, toothpaste, art supplies) and teacher salaries. Teachers are integral to the success of the program, establishing meaningful relationships with our children and families.

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