9th Annual A Chocolate Affair

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On February 18th, 2023 at the DoubleTree Hotel, we hosted our 9th Annual A Chocolate Affair. With the help of our community, we were able to raise over $63,000 for our education programs. We would like to thank our sponsors, donors, and volunteers for supporting United Way of Central Eastern California. Stay tuned for more information regarding our 10th Annual A Chocolate Affair in 2024!

To learn more about the importance of childhood literacy and where our funds go from A Chocolate Affair, read below:

With the help of our community, we are able to focus on our childhood education programs and literacy initiatives which 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.

United Way of Central Eastern California 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.

In Kern County, just 36 percent third graders score “proficient” or above on state standardized reading tests—about 9 percent less than the state average. Our county’s high school dropout rate is 16 percent. We have learned that to ensure kids are reading proficiently at third grade, they must be on track when they enter kindergarten.

Your contributions will go towards United Way of Central Eastern California’s initiatives that focus to improve early childhood literacy as a key component in its efforts to improve education through the Born Learning© Initiative, 10 station, bilingual circuit course with learning activities at each station in parks around Kern County, and the Raising a Reader Program, a preschool classroom for five years where children are exposed to 100 different titles, have guest readers, and special events.

To sponsor the 10th Annual A Chocolate Affair click here or reach out to Alana Reed, Fund Development Manager at:
Alana.R@uwkern.org | 661-834-1820

For more information on our education programs, contact Esther Peinado, Education Manager at:
Esther.P@uwkern.org | 661-834-1820

Thank you for attending and supporting our 9th Annual A Chocolate Affair!


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