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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

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Program Funding: School Readiness
The district provides K-12 education for youth in the Norwalk and La Mirada areas.  Geographic restrictions apply for some services.

Contact Information:
12820 S. Pioneer Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
1 562-868-0431

Funding For:
School Readiness Initiative/Community Preschool
The purpose of this grant is to promote the idea of school readiness by creating centers and programs that offer an array of services, including early care and education, health and social services, parenting education and support. Programs will be responsive to local needs and will contain elements to improve schools' readiness for children.  The target population of this program is children 0-5 and their families in the Norwalk-La Mirada School District. Approximately eight percent of the population of Norwalk and La Mirada are children under five years old. Of the children from the three elementary sites and Ramona are enrolled in CalWORKS, with 46 percent of the children, grades K-12, receiving free or reduced lunch. Spring 2001 District data show 23 percent of parents did not graduate from high school, 26 percent were high school graduates, and English language learners (students not proficient in English) comprised 20.7 percent of the District's student population. This program is located in SPA 7. The four primary sites for this program are Huerta Elementary School, Didi Johnston Elementary School, Ramona Head Start, and Foster Road Elementary School. All School Readiness grants are 48 months in length across 5 fiscal years.  Major program activities include: 96 new children participating in the preschool program, parent education classes for preschool parents, foster families and pregnant and parenting teens (with children, 0-5) on a variety of topics related to improving their children's readiness for school, on-site physical/mental health and social services for children, 0-5, coordinated planning, curriculum, and professional development activities for preschool and kindergarten teachers, and a Parent Advisory Council to serve as a governing body for the program and promote community collaboration.