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Welcome to Mt. Diablo CARES Virtual Summer Program! The CARES program will be offering virtual expanded learning and enrichment activities from June 8th-July 8th for any student enrolled at a CARES site. These activities can be accessed via the CARES ClassDojo page, site specific ClassDojo page and our CARES YouTube channel. Students can log on and participate in the various activities demonstrated by their CARES staff in the comfort and safety of their own home. Activities include lessons in science, cooking/nutrition, garden, physical fitness, art, math, language arts, and arts/crafts. The CARES staff is dedicated to creating a high quality virtual summer program that gives students opportunities to connect with staff and engage in learning and enrichment activities. Our CARES staff continues to help with distributing food at the community feed sites throughout the summer. The CARES team strives in providing quality programming while you all continue to stay safe while sheltering in place, so please come join us for one virtually rocking summer!

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Our Program Profile

Strengths

The Mt. Diablo CARES is a well-established program with strong support from our community partners as well as from our school site and administration. It is a unique collaborative between the Mt Diablo School District, City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, who all serve overlapping populations. This support stems from a history of excellent programming, coordination, strong program leadership and shared responsibility of providing services and families in the community. We are a part of the state- wide initiative, Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) identifying exemplary practices in nutrition in After School Programs. Financially we are supported by grants from both state and city initiatives.

Challenges

In order to maintain high quality services being offered to our students and families, additional funding sources are continually being pursued. The formation of a non-profit charitable foundation and other small fundraiser and mini-grants for site need. There is an ongoing need to maintain high quality training and mentorship for CARES staff to ensure qualified staff are serving our students. Expanded opportunities for culturally diverse and enriching opportunities prepare students with the life experiences.

Hours of Operation & Cost:

CARES operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. There is no cost to students for program participation.

After School Programming includes

Homework Help, Academic Intervention Program, ASPIRE Supplemental Educational Services, Nutrition Education and Cooking, Dance, Arts and Crafts, STEM, SPARK & CATCH program, Gardening and Field Trips. A Middle School Sports program is offered at the three Middle Schools with the CARES After School Program.

Snack & Supper Programming includes:

Daily nutritional snack & supper provided in partnership with Food Services Department and the USDA. Participating students receive a healthy snack consisting of milk, cracker and fruit. The Supper meal consists of milk, fruit, vegetable, and a whole grain and protein item to complete a healthy and nutritious meal.

Who We Serve

Number of Schools: 17

Number of Students Served: 2,175

Grade Levels Served: TK-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Male: 52%

Female: 48%

Free & Reduced Lunch: 86%

English Learner: 41%

Special Education: 20%

Demographics

Chinese: 1%

Latino: 53%

African American: 15%

Asian Pacific Islander: 7%

Other White: 20%

Other Non-White: 5%

How We Serve

Staff to student ratio: 1:20 per site

Number of credentialed staff: 1-5 per site

Number of volunteers: 2- 5 per site

Number of CARES staff: 5-12 per site

Number of subcontractors: 2-8 program wide

Number of Community Partners: 18 program wide

Schools We Serve

General Information

1266 San Carlos Avenue,  Suite A6

Concord, CA 94518

phone: (925) 691-0351

fax: (925) 691-1447

email: caresasp@mdusd.org

 

 

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The CARES After School Program has created this channel during the COVID_19 crisis as a way to stay connected and provide distance learning and enrichment opportunities to the students and families that we serve during school closures and shelter in place in the Bay Area. We will be posting read-alouds, cooking/nutrition videos and recipes, fitness videos and workouts, gardening tips, games, STEM activities, art and craft projects, and a variety of other educational and enrichment resources. We do not have the rights to these books or music and the intended purpose is to provide quality engagement videos for our students during this time of sheltering in place.