Child Focus receives funding from United Way for three programs: Mental Health in Early Childhood, Bilingual Preschool and Learning Bridge Programs. All programs focus on preparing children for success in Kindergarten, school and life. Child Focus’ Bilingual Preschool program was recently featured in their campaign video. Please consider some of these local programs and support your United Way campaign to make these programs possible. Hear about Diego’s experience and meet his mom and Child Focus staff, Alanna Hochberg and see how this program makes a difference for children in our community! Click here to see the video.
1. Mental Health in Early Childhood
One Mental Health Intervention Specialist provides mental health screening, assessment and consultation in the preschool setting for five hundred (500) preschool students in Clermont. Services will be focused on the prevention and early intervention of emotional and behavioral problems in children.
2. TWI Preschool Program
One Bilingual Teacher serves thirty-four (34) Hispanic and thirty-four (34) preschool children with English as their primary language in the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) Preschool. The goal is to promote bilingualism and biculturalism for all children. In this classroom, all children experience the benefits and challenges associated with learning a second language during the early childhood years. The dual language approach is one of the few instructional methods that can fully close the achievement gap for English Language Learners (ELL) students while not adversely affecting non-ELL students. Performance measures used to measure are Children are assessed ready for school. Additionally, one Bilingual Itinerant Teacher provides on-site services to approximately 40 additional Spanish-speaking children who are enrolled in Head Start classrooms, parent support groups and homes.
3. Bridge Programs
To close the Kindergarten success achievement gap, Child Focus provides high quality targeted learning opportunities through a 10 week summer learning program, a Kindergarten intervention in-home visitation program and Kindergarten Enrichment scholarships for “at-risk” students entering Kindergarten with the lowest band KRA-L scores.