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Thank you for your support to United Way of Kern County's Early Childhood Education and Literacy Program!

The 7th Annual A Chocolate Affair was a curbside drive-thru-style dinner pickup with a live virtual auction.
Thank you for supporting United Way of Kern County’s 7th annual “A Chocolate Affair!” Your generous contribution will go towards all our early childhood education programs and literacy initiatives that support low to moderate-income children and families. We help parents and caregivers take on the role of being their child’s first teacher by giving them the tools and resources to foster a life-long love of reading, which research shows begin in the home. By the age of three, the brain is already 80% developed. So, when a child is given a brand-new book in their hands, it is an investment in their future. We know that if children have a love for books, it will lead to a love for reading, which will lead to greater academic success down the road.
This past year we distributed nearly 17,000 brand new books to children through our Book of the Month Club, Raising a Reader Program, Home Libraries, Born Learning Trail Grand Openings, Back to School supply events, and other special events to promote literacy. We were also able to distribute grocery gift cards, hygiene items, dental kits, and teddy bears along with books to some of the most vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. Despite all the obstacles and hardships we faced this past year, we were able to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families with the help of our partners, donors, and volunteers.
Due to the generous support made possible by this event, we will not only be able to continue to offer these types of services and programs, but we anticipate that we will be able to serve even more children and families in the upcoming year by distributing at least 20,000 brand new books through all our programs and events. Thank you for investing in our children and planting the seed for a life-long love of reading.
United Way of Kern County understands that the foundation for the ability to read begins at birth or even before. Listening to and interacting with parents/caregivers are the first steps to success. The steps continue through preschool and up to the third grade. This is because it is at this time that children make the important transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Those who are unable to read proficiently by the third or fourth grade are at a much higher risk of failing and ultimately dropping out of school.

Click HERE to view photos of the 7th Annual A Chocolate Affair


For more information on our education program, contact Rachel Hoetker, Education Manager at:
Rachel.H@uwkern.org | 661-885-5731

You can view photos from last year's event here.

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