Engage the community and focus resources to improve lives in Monterey County.
The Big Idea
Only one in four children in Monterey County enters kindergarten with appropriate age-level language and literacy skills, which increases their odds of experiencing long-term educational challenges. United Way Monterey County is focused on supporting early education for children so they can be ready to learn and achieve a brighter future. They’ve launched the Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program in partnership with local preschools to offer individualized tutoring to children who are below age level in language and literacy. They have recruited 22 inspiring AmeriCorps members to serve in preschool classrooms throughout Monterey County. Funds will provide resources and tools, such as bilingual educational books and digital devices, to help AmeriCorps members and students actively experience learning together.
The Monterey County Early Learning program values and promotes reading and we are proud to partner with United Way Monterey County to support the Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program. Our staff engages students on daily reading for pleasure to enhance their education, social and cognitive development, well being, and their mental health. Having new books in the classroom will help them continue to nourish their love and passion for reading. It is said that books can take you anywhere. Our vision is to allow our students to start forming their love for reading to take them out of poverty.
- Sonia Jaramillo, senior director of the Monterey County Office of Education’s early learning program