Noteworthy News

CVUSD Neighborhood for Learning Preschool Programs

An Exciting Announcement!

Recently, City Center preschool held our first meeting in our newly constructed Parent Ed. classroom! With over 40 parents in attendance, we shared that an important mission of Neighborhood for Learning is to provide meaningful parent education opportunities coupled with a high quality kindergarten readiness setting for preschool children. This dual approach will provide the tools and support that will prepare the family as a whole for CVUSD elementary school success! In partnership and with thanks to the City of Thousand Oaks, we proudly dedicate this classroom to our current families and to the future Conejo Valley families that we will serve!

Preschool Scholastic Book Fair!

Monday, Feb. 25th, 9am to Friday, March 1st, 4pm

NfL @ City Center 110 South Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

Join us in our Parent Ed. classroom to browse a selection of preschool books in both English and Spanish!

A Letter From Our Director

Dear NfL Families,


I wanted to take this opportunity to share about some changes that will be happening to our program in the upcoming months.


Neighborhood for Learning has several components: State Preschool, Market Rate Preschool and First 5. Beginning July 1, CVUSD will no longer have a contract with First 5. This means that our 2 preschool classes at University center and our Parent and Child Together classes at University and City Center will no longer be offered by CVUSD.


First 5 Ventura County gets money from Prop 10, a tobacco tax. That money is in turn used to provide contracts to various NfLs throughout the county. Funding has been steadily declining; from $11 million/year in 2017-2019 to $6.5 million/year in 2019-2021.


With half as much funding available next year, First 5 Ventura County is awarding one single contract to Interface Children and Family Services, rather than to 11 individual NfLs. Interface will continue to provide PACT classes and family support services throughout the county.


If you would like to learn more about these changes from First 5 Ventura County staff, there is an upcoming parent meeting. All are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held on February 13th at 5:00 pm in the University MPR. 2801 Atlas Ave., Thousand Oaks.


Here in CVUSD, we will continue to offer high quality State Preschool and Market Rate Preschool services to our families. You can always contact office staff if you have more questions.


Sincerely,


Amie Mills

Director, Child Development

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Babies are born to learn. Did you know that 90 percent of brain growth happens before age 5? Early exposure to words through talking, reading and, singing impacts brain development and sets the foundation for future reading and literacy skills. This helps children become readers and writers and all that follows. Make everyday a talking, reading, and writing day. Talk and sing, read aloud together, and encourage your child to scribble freely every day.


To bolster this simple but powerful message we have partnered with the City of Thousand Oaks Library to bring a monthly Story Time to our classrooms. A librarian comes to our site each month and reads one to two stories to the children. During these visits, children are asked questions, encouraged to talk about the stories, and participate in singing and movement activities. This is a fun way to foster literacy skills and familiarize children with the library. To encourage families to read more, the library has a program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten that is being adopted nationwide. The program promotes reading to newborns, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and encourages parent and child bonding through reading.