SOURCE: Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

January 04, 2010 09:00 ET

Mt. Diablo Region YMCA Launches AfterSchool KidzLit Program to Enrich the Reading Development of Children in the East County of the Bay Area

Funded by AT&T -- YMCA to Host Kick-Off Event on January 14, 2010 at the Lone Tree Childcare Center in Antioch

PLEASANT HILL, CA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2010) - The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA today announced the launch of a new program designed to improve the reading skills of children in 12 Delta Family YMCA childcare sites throughout East Contra Costa County. Made possible through a $25,000 contribution from AT&T, the Delta Family YMCA AfterSchool KidzLit program was created by the Developmental Studies Center, and is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings to increase young people's motivation to read and build their literacy skills. The new program will launch with a kick-off event on January 14, 2010.

The KidzLit program increases young people's motivation to read and builds their literary skills while developing core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility and respect for others. The program consists of a five-part process in which children hear engaging books read aloud or by reading them independently, and then are asked to make connections to their own lives. They express their feelings and grapple with big ideas through discussion, drama, art, movement and writing. The program is aligned with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

"We share the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA's goal to improve literacy and enhance school success for children in our communities," said Ken Mintz, AT&T External Affairs. "That's why we're proud to support the AfterSchool KidzLit program and help youth in East Contra Costa County acquire the skills needed to succeed in school, and in life."

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA serves thousands of children, adults, families, and seniors in East County each and every day and continues to be the largest provider of child care throughout the county.

"The AfterSchool KidzLit program brings a positive impact to our youth and a new dimension of growth to the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA," said Michael F. Erwin, president and CEO of the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA. "We are grateful to AT&T for funding a program which will provide young people all over the East County an opportunity to sharpen their literary skills, boost educational motivation and develop healthy values to last a lifetime. We are pleased to be able to provide children these important growth-oriented programs."

AfterSchool KidzLit Program helps young people:

--  Develop their capacity to enjoy reading and literature
--  Build vocabularies and improve reading comprehension and critical
    thinking skills
--  Increase understanding of themselves, peers and others
--  Select from a variety of books designed for each grade range to focus
    on situations and concerns that are developmentally appropriate for
    students of that age

The YMCA is hosting a kick-off event in East County to celebrate and jump-start the KidzLit program and it is welcome to all members of the community and to the media.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 14, 2010

WHERE: Lone Tree Childcare Center
       1931 Mokelumne Drive, Antioch

TIME:  3:15 - 4:30pm

Please RSVP by Monday, January 11, 2010 to Norma Morris at or call 925-887-4646

For more information please contact the Delta Family YMCA at 925.625.9333.

About the Mt. Diablo Region YMCA

The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA has served the greater Contra Costa County area for 58 years. With four branches, 19 school-age child-care sites at local elementary schools, and two preschools, the organization is continuing to grow and expand its network to meet the ever-changing needs of the local community. The Mt. Diablo Region YMCA provides program services for all age groups, from toddlers to seniors, to more than 38,000 program participants. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of all people through programs that strengthen spirit, mind and body. Financial assistance is available to all individuals who demonstrate proven need. For more information, visit

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