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Vision2Read partners launch transformative literacy program

A new countywide early literacy program called Footsteps2Brilliance was unveiled today during a national press conference at the San Bernardino County Government Center. The program is part of the San Bernardino Countywide Vision2Read literacy campaign, a collective impact initiative involving multiple agencies working collaboratively to increase literacy rates among children and families in the county.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, County Preschool Services, Children’s Fund and First 5 San Bernardino are partnering to deliver the new literacy program.

Parents interested in signing up for the app for their children may visit https://www.myf2b.com/register/sanbernardinocounty.

Footsteps2Brilliance is an innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth through pre-K who reside in San Bernardino County. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum of more than 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs and games that are fun for children and address the vocabulary gap.

“Literacy is a priority in our county. Early literacy skills lay the foundation for a child’s success from cradle to career,” County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “Children who are not proficient readers by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.”

In January 2017, a cohort of 1,500 students in county preschool programs were selected to use Footsteps2Brilliance and measure their literacy growth. To date, participating preschoolers have read 22,240 books and more than 5.1 million words. As part of the launch, Alejandre and program partners are encouraging all families with birth through pre-K children in the county to join a challenge to read an additional 3 million words by Sept. 1, 2017.

“Footsteps2Brilliance enables us to cross the divide between children who have a seat in a preschool and those who do not,” said Diana Alexander, director of Preschool Services for the county. “We get to provide all birth through pre-K children with an amazing literacy software program that will bring several modes of learning right into their home. This is an exciting time for San Bernardino County!”

Among the benefits of Footsteps2Brilliance is that the platform’s educational resources can be accessed from any smartphone, tablet or computer with or without an Internet connection. Research shows that more than 80 percent of parents own smartphones or mobile devices.

“Through the Footsteps2Brilliance platform, families, schools and the community have access to high-quality educational tools to accelerate vocabulary and literacy skills using the devices they already own,” noted Karen Scott, executive director of First 5 San Bernardino.

According to Stacy Iverson – president and CEO of Children’s Fund – every dollar spent on quality early childhood interventions produces a $14-$17 return. “No single strategy offers a greater return on investment than providing children with the tools they need to read proficiently by third grade,” she said.

Research shows the greatest disparity of knowledge among children is the vocabulary gap – the number of words a child knows from birth through third grade. Children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words before the age of four than their more affluent peers. This is compounded by the fact that 61 percent of low-income children have no books in their homes.

Approximately 20 percent of families in San Bernardino County live in poverty and 34 percent speak Spanish in the home (according to census data). Based on data from the California Department of Education, nearly 19 percent of school-aged students are classified as English Learners and more than 72 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch.

The San Bernardino County literacy partnership is unique and will serve as a blueprint around the nation to achieve early literacy success in dual language communities on a countywide basis.

“We are honored to partner with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools to give all children equal access to high-quality bilingual English and Spanish literacy instruction. Already, we have seen this unique countywide collaboration bring the community together with a strong commitment and a plan to support all early learners. We believe this will be a powerful model for other districts across the nation to follow,” said Ilene Rosenthal, CEO of Footsteps2Brilliance.

About San Bernardino Countywide Vision2Read:
Vision2Read is a collective impact initiative involving government, education, health care, public safety, business and labor, community and faith-based leaders, and parents and families. Vision2Read supports the San Bernardino Countywide Vision and its regional educational goal of supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. It is designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs. www.vision2read.com

About Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc.:
Footsteps2Briliance, Inc. is the breakthrough early learning platform that accelerates early achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming technology with the latest in cognitive research. Footsteps2Brilliance provides enticing, interactive, 24/7 learning experiences that digitally link school and home to give students the edge they need for success in school today and the world tomorrow. www.footsteps2brilliance.com

San Bernardino County Library hosts Cover to Cover Club

burgerJoin the San Bernardino County Library as we partner with In-N-Out Burger again this year to promote reading among children this spring. The Cover to Cover program kicks off on Saturday, March 4 and will run through Saturday, April 15. This program will encourage students to read in all communities across the County.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 12, and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. For every five books read, an achievement award and voucher for a free hamburger or cheeseburger will be issued. Each child may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program.

In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 12, with the help of incentives, inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals and encouraging a reading routine.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serve a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib/org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

San Bernardino County Library celebrates Seuss

dr-seussThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join in the celebration of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. A week-long celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss is in store, in support of the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, and NEA’s Read Across America initiative. Starting Saturday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, March 4, each of our 32 branch libraries will host a special-themed storytime or event featuring popular Dr. Seuss stories.

All SBCL branches will host fun programs for the whole family which include crafts and, of course, reading favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Select branches will offer opportunity drawings and more. Please check with your local County library for more details.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading initiative and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

Wrightwood Elementary students form a ‘Walking School Bus’

walking-school-busA Walking School Bus is a group of children who walk to school together under the supervision of trained adult leaders. The program promotes good health, a cleaner environment, and reduced traffic around school.

At Wrightwood Elementary School, students participate in the Walking School Bus on most days and by the time they get to school they are alert and ready to learn because they have had their exercise. This is a great example of how children and adults can get physical activity into their daily routine.

Click here for more information about the program. Click here to get involved or start something similar in your community.

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Board of Supervisors endorse Vision2BActive initiative

Tvision-2bactivehe Board of Supervisors today endorsed Vision2BActive, a new campaign designed to encourage physical activity with the goal of improving health and wellness in San Bernardino County.

 

Only 23 percent of San Bernardino County adults and 34 percent of our youth get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the most recent data from the California Health Interview Survey. In its 2008 issuance of “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended adults get 150 minutes a week of physical activity and children ages 5 to 17 were encouraged to move at least 60 minutes a day.

 

“We know that a healthy community means a prosperous community and that’s why we support Vision2BActive,” said James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I encourage residents to make the time to be physically active and take advantage of opportunities to play in the county’s parks, lakes, deserts and mountains. Let’s welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Resolution to get healthy.”

 

Health has a direct and profound impact on the quality of life of the county. Vision2BActive supports the public’s Vision for a “complete community”, especially the jobs and the economy, education, wellness and public safety elements of the community. It is a public campaign of the community-driven Community Vital Signs effort, which has completed an in-depth analysis of the current health of the county, developed evidence-based goals and priorities, and gathered resources to assist organizations and agencies in the county to develop or enhance programs and policies to better meet the health and wellness needs of residents.

 

Regular physical activity can produce a variety of long-term benefits for San Bernardino County residents regardless of their age, background or abilities. Physical activity is fun and includes the easiest movement such as walking or throwing a ball around to the most challenging exercise like running or mountain biking. Throughout the campaign, Vision2BActive.com will serve as a resource and provide residents with information about physical activity events, fitness tips and a GIS map featuring places to be active in the county.

 

The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board of Directors will be asked to endorse Vision2BActive at its Jan. 4 meeting.

 

On Jan. 7, all San Bernardino County residents are encouraged to get their New Year’s Resolutions started and participate in the Vision2BActive Challenge. Post a photo or video or livestream a physical activity such as gardening, walking, or playing basketball, on social media using #Vision2BActive and challenge three friends to participate. Posts will be shared on Facebook at San Bernardino Countywide Vision or on Twitter and Instagram @SBCVision. For inspiration, watch this video Ramos made for the campaign.

 

The Countywide Vision was adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the SANBAG Board of Directors in partnership with the community in order to develop a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision2BActive is the second public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

Reading Heroes recognized for their contributions to literacy

reading-heroesThirty-five Reading Heroes who raise the bar for literacy throughout San Bernardino County were recognized by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday as part of the Countywide Vision project’s Vision2Read initiative.

In February, the Vision2Read campaign asked the public to identify people in the community who go above and beyond the call of duty to motivate others to read and improve literacy skills and nominate them as Reading Heroes.

“I’m pleased to learn that so many sectors in our community are collaborating to improve literacy in this county,” said James Ramos, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  “These Reading Heroes come from private business, public schools, libraries, and community organizations. Several of these Reading Heroes are spending their own personal time to make sure our children and adults are learning what they need to succeed in life.”

The Reading Heroes are:

Laurey Aydelotte volunteers in classrooms at Wrightwood and Phelan Elementary and Pinion Mesa Middle schools helping children read.

Carol Baker of Baker’s Drive Thru sponsors the Baker’s Book Club and donated the land for the Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy.

Amber Claflin gets the children of Etiwanda schools excited about reading by implementing a Battle of the Books competition and keeping school libraries open during the summer.

Dawn Coberly created an accelerated reading program at her school in the Snowline School District and works during the evenings to teach literacy to adult learners.

Stacy Diemert is a High Desert Juvenile Court school librarian who works with struggling readers to bring them up to speed and orders books in advance so they don’t have to wait for new material.

Karen Duns volunteers and works overtime to encourage children in Highland to read by helping select books that will pique their interest and connect them to lifelong reading.

Michelle Dusick works with local schools to encourage literacy for people of all ages on their journey to recovery and wellness in San Bernardino County.

Cindy Easterly helps children and adults build valuable literacy skills as a volunteer for the City of Rancho Cucamonga’s public library.

Skylynn Ellison is an 11-year-old from Fontana who is already a published author of the book “Sky’s the Limit: The Drama Queen,” about a girl who stands up to bullies.

Melany Espinoza is a student at Phelan Elementary School who does household chores to fund the purchase of new books to read to her own goats, cows and horses.

Alyssa Gammell is an Oak Hills High School student who encourages friends and classmates to read by writing stories so interesting they want to read more. Her ultimate goal is to become an author.

Dr. Jane Guttman is a teacher librarian for Juvenile Court Schools in San Bernardino County and encourages literacy for incarcerated youth at risk.

Lydia Harjehausen is a library technician at an elementary school in Yucaipa who motives children and young adults to reach each day.

Lisa Hazen dresses up as the Cat in the Hat for children at the Adelanto Branch Library and brings stories to life for children with her enthusiasm.

Linda Holden holds reading competitions and other literacy events for students and parents to motivate even the most unlikely readers to become successful at the Mission Crest Elementary School library in Hesperia.

Niki Jack is an avid reader who completed about six and a half years of adult reading in three months while a student at Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School in Lake Arrowhead.

Martha Kennedy is a retired teacher who works with adult literacy learners that meets at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands.

Cindy Kimble-Pirner inspires her preschoolers in San Bernardino County schools to learn to read in unconventional ways and through reading games such as “popcorn words” and “bubble gum” words.

Brad Letner is a Rotarian who established a literacy program aimed at pre-kindergarten children in the Victor Valley area which pairs community members with a child for an hour, three days a week to improve their literacy skills.

Pamela Martinez leads the successful Young Readers program at the AK Smiley Public Library in Redlands that serves thousands of youth each year.

Kristen Mungcal works with peer advocates and program managers in the county to help develop writing and reading comprehension skills for adults improving their quality of life.

Suzanne Oliver, a retired Victorville librarian, takes her trained therapy dogs to schools and libraries so children can read with them and to them to improve their literacy skills.

Jerry Patterson spends one day every week at Warm Springs Elementary School in San Bernardino reading to classrooms of children. At Christmas time, he provides a book to each student.

Frank Perez founded the Colton nonprofit Rewritten where he works with at-risk youth to empower them through education and literacy.

Denise Perry, a first-grade teacher at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands, stresses the importance of reading to her students and their parents by encouraging them to read at least 15 minutes a day together.

Lynette Ramirez launched the Ready4Reading Book Club in the High Desert to collect books so underprivileged children, often transients, could have access to literacy.

Sharon Regalado, a retired teacher, works with adult literacy learners that meets at Lugonia Elementary School in Redlands

Ashenden Salazar tutors and reads at the STEM Charter School in Barstow helping other students achieve their goals.

Courtney Saldana implemented KinderGo which puts a library card in the hands of every Ontario kindergartner and holds the Ontario Teen Book fest where teens can meet their favorite authors in person.

Kenneth Thomas, an elementary school student who reads at a 12th grade level, constantly has a book in his hand and encourages his sister, his friends and classmates to read.

Jim and Judy Watson funded the Watson and Associates Literacy Center at Cal State San Bernardino, a tutoring facility designed to help students struggling to reach grade-level proficiency.

Diane and Paul Williams helped create the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library and they raise funds for Friends of the Library which pays for books and literacy programs.

Chris Wilson, a second grade teacher at Fairfax Elementary in San Bernardino, built a Reading Room in his classroom and filled it with donated books.

Vision2Read, an initiative of the Countywide Vision project, aims to raise the bar on literacy in our county by focusing on the importance of reading, connecting people who need help or who can help to literacy resources. Sixty-three percent of San Bernardino County third graders did not meet 2016 California English language arts and literacy standards and 32 million adults nationwide can’t read.

Literacy has an impact on a number of elements in our community such as jobs and the economy, education, public safety and wellness. When literacy skills are nurtured and encouraged, children and adults can reach their potential, the local economy can continue to prosper and the county will have a more educated workforce to attract employers to the region.

Visit Vision2Read.com for additional information about the campaign and literacy resources.

Healthy Fontana program recognized for improving lives

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Michael Wright and Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren

The National League of Cities recently recognized the City of Fontana along with more than 30 other cities for their efforts to improve nutrition and increase physical activity in their communities during the National League of Cities’ City Summit in Pittsburg on November 17, 2016. The City of Fontana was recognized for their Healthy Fontana Program and its work to enhance the goals of the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties Campaign. See goals.  City of Fontana Community Services Manager Michael Wright and Mayor Acquanetta Warren attended the event and picked up the award on behalf of the dedicated city staff that is working to ensure the health and well-being of young people today and that of future generations.

Healthy Fontana is a community-based, award-winning program that promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches smart nutrition choices and assists in creating an active, livable community to improve the quality of life for Fontana residents. Community Services Manager Michael Wright praised his team for the recognition.“This honor is only possible through great leadership, the vision from our Mayor and City Council, great management team and dedicated employees that have the community of Fontana in their best interest,” said Community Services Manager Michael Wright. ” The Fontana team has a passion for making residents lives better, and creating and implementing programs that eradicate obesity rates of children is just one way we develop healthier lives and a Healthy Fontana.”

The Healthy Fontana program was developed in response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative encouraging communities to design programs to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. More than 500 cities, towns and counties participate in Let’s Move! Cities, Town and Counties. Other California cities that were recognized for their efforts included Glendale, Rialto, Riverside and San Pablo.  Medals were awarded to communities based on their achievements in improving access to healthy, affordable food and promoting physical activity.

Thirty-two communities received recognition at the ceremony:

  • Ammon, Idaho
  • Barre, Vermont
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Cambridge, Maryland
  • Coconut Creek, Florida
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
  • Decatur, Indiana
  • Delray Beach, Florida
  • Everett, Massachusetts
  • Forest Heights, Maryland
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Glendale, California
  • Greene County, Tennessee
  • Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Hopewell, Virginia
  • Lakewood, Colorado
  • Linden, New Jersey
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Orange Township, New Jersey
  • Ottawa, Kansas
  • Piqua, Ohio
  • Portland, Maine
  • Rialto, California
  • Riverside, California
  • San Pablo, California
  • Sierra Vista, Arizona
  • Suffolk, Virginia
  • Warrenton, Virginia

Holiday Countdown at the San Bernardino County Library

ca. 2006 --- Christmas Wreath on Red Door --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisThe San Bernardino County Library presents its first ever Holiday Countdown with a cascade of amazing rewards.  From Nov. 1 through Dec. 29, earn an incentive reward for every 30 items checked out. A new reward will be released every two weeks, from colorful drink tumblers to Star Wars key chains. To add to the excitement, there are multiple varieties to earn within each release.  Collect all four drink tumbler colors and match the Yoda key chain with a companion Darth Vader key chain. Don’t miss out because each reward will be available for a limited time only. During this upcoming festive season of activities, the Holiday Countdown keeps the joy of reading front and center.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  Check out 30 items and start earning rewards. There is no limit on how many rewards can be collected but supplies are limited.  Please see the schedule of rewards below.

Nov. 1 – 15: Pez Candy Dispenser, with characters from Frozen, Disney Pixar, Hello Kitty, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Nov. 16 – 30: Library Tumblers in various colors!

Dec. 1 – 15: Star Wars key chains, starring Yoda and Darth Vader!

Dec. 16 – 29: Superhero Brick Characters, featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and more!

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Get revved up for reading at the Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 29

reading-rally-2016_page_2 reading-rally-2016_page_1Families are invited to attend the Revved Up for Reading Rally at the Auto Club Speedway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students will enjoy free books, face painting, balloons, crafts, snacks and most importantly, literacy workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Speedway is at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana. Transportation reservations for buses to the event has closed, however the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Student Events office may be contacted to see if accommodations can be made at 909-386-2636.

There will be a special performance by the band GClub.

The event supports the Vision2Read literacy campaign.

For more information, contact (909) 386-2636 or email studentevents@sbcss.k12.ca.us

Fall Festival at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library

fall-leavesThe San Bernardino County Library is celebrating fall with a fun, family-friendly event at the Apple Valley Branch Library!  Come dressed in costume and enjoy great activities including face painting, balloon artists, kid’s crafts and more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The Fall Festival event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. in the Town of Apple Valley Conference Center Community room with an amazing performance by magician Jay Leslie, followed by crafts and additional activities inside and outside of the library. Be sure to bring a San Bernardino County Library card or sign up for one at the library, as every 15 items checked out during the event earns  an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome incentives!  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Apple Valley Branch Library is at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org or call (909) 387-2220.

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