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    "Quality early learning opportunities like preschool and transitional kindergarten mean giving children that opportunity, that chance to succeed." - The Atlas Family Foundation  

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    Child Signature Program

    Child Signature Program 

    The Child Signature Program (CSP) has been designed to prepare children at greatest risk to enter kindergarten with the skills to be successful. LAUP's commitment to participants in CSP is to increase opportunities for children to advance into elementary school with an equal or greater advantage than their peers. This includes a focus on language, literacy, early math skills, and also social and emotional development.

    What's At Stake

    A children who is considered to be "at-risk" and who does not receive a quality early learning experience faces the likelihood of a disadvantaged life. At-risk children are:

    • 25% more likely to drop out of school
    • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
    • 50% more likely to be placed in special education classes
    • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

    How We Respond

    The First 5 California Children and Families Commission (First 5 CA) identifies low-performing districts where the learning divide is the greatest, and is providing additional funding to enhance the quality of early learning programs for children 0-5 by implementing three research-based program elements:

    • Instructional Strategies and Teacher-Child Interaction
    • Social-Emotional Development
    • Parent Involvement and Support
    Principles incorporated into the model also include the use of the following:

    • Culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies as described in First 5 California Principles on Equity
    • Alignment with California Department of Education Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations and Infant/Toddler Curriculum Framework
    • Data collection systems to support improvement and reporting

    Extra Support

    • Individualized, expert support is provided for dual language learners and children with special needs
    • Family Support Specialists are available to support the family system with community resources, advocacy, and early intervention
    • Mental Health Specialists are available to respond to the social and emotional needs of families