2020 Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund
Legal-name: Long Beach Day Nursery
Address: 1548 CHESTNUT AVENUE
City: LONG BEACH
Title: Executive Director
Contact-title: Associate Executive Director
Grant-title: Provide high quality early care and education for children
Grant-purpose: To provide high quality early care and education for young children of working parents residing in Long Beach.
What-is-project: The Long Beach Day Nursery Early Childhood Education program provides children of working families, who reside in the affected flight path area, with high quality early care and education.
High-quality preschool programs are proven to raise academic performance and give children skills and tools to be successful and contribute to society. Adults who participate in ECE programs show lower crime rates, and both participants and their parents enjoy higher median income rates. ECE participants are also significantly more likely to graduate from high school and are 2.5 times more likely to continue on to higher education. Various studies determine that on average, society sees a return of $7 for every $1 invested in early childhood education programs. Childcare is the backbone of our nation’s economy and an essential business in response to the pandemic and the road to recovery.
LBDN offers high quality care that meets the needs of our student’s development while simultaneously meeting the needs of working families by allowing parents to confidently go to work.
Students receive: Nationally (NAEYC) accredited care and education; Engaging interactions supported through low child to teacher ratios; Professionally trained teachers who exceed qualifications required by Child Care Licensing; Continuity of Care practices: primary care groups and multi-age preschool classroom; Early Literacy “Ready to Read” program and Science and Math Curriculum; Early Intervention; Healthy Connections: range of health services, screenings, and physical fitness education; Nutrition Program: two healthy balanced meals and one snack to all children in our program daily; we expose children to nutritious foods and instill healthy habits early in life.
This project is a particularly good fit for The Airport Noise Ordinance Neighborhood Impact Fund as our East Branch is located just blocks away from the specified flight path area and serves families who live in and around the area.
How-will-you-succeed: Children’s growth and development will be tracked as each child is given opportunities to reach their full potential and are prepared for entry into kindergarten. Every child has a Desired Results Developmental Profile with observations, art samples, writing samples, dictations and photographs.
Additionally, we will continue to ensure that our programming is of the utmost quality. We do this through numerous annual assessments which include: a self-evaluation with direction from the California Department of Education (CDE) followed every 3-5 years with an onsite review, classroom environmental assessments, parent and staff surveys. In addition to the above, the greatest evaluation of our overall high-quality programing is the continuation of our accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accreditation requires intense ongoing self-evaluation, meeting standards far above those of typical child care regulation, and an on-site evaluation and observation from a trained NAEYC program assessor.
LBDN has a well-rounded approach to sustainability and has a Strategic Plan to guide our work even with changing regulations from COVID-19. We have solid relationships with individual supporters, foundations, and within our ongoing government contracts. We have endowments that support both programs and core operating funds. Over the past two years LBDN more than tripled the number of on-site support hours of our groundbreaking Early Intervention Program, which provides a full slate of supports to children with identified special needs, social/emotional challenges, and/or behavior concerns and their families and teachers. We will continue to seek additional funding through our partners in order to sustain this important work as we face unprecedented budget shortfalls with Covid-19 challenges. This year the majority of our funds are going towards sustaining our education programs with the enhanced covid-19 regulations and reduced capacity for social distancing.
Who-are-you: Founded in 1912, Long Beach Day Nursery (LBDN) was one of the first licensed child care programs in California. LBDN is much more than just a child care center, but rather an iconic Long Beach institution that continuously pushes the envelope of what it means to be a high-quality early childhood education program.
LBDN currently serves nearly 300 children annually ages 6 weeks to 6 years old at two physical sites and, since COVID-19, via Distance Learning, in Long Beach. Our West Branch is located in the Washington neighborhood, one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the city, plagued with high poverty, crime, violence/gang activity; and, our East Branch is located very close to the airport and many of the children that attend that site are also from low income families.
Our programming includes: NAEYC accredited centers, on-site early intervention program, a focus on social emotional development, early literacy, science, and math curriculum, low teacher child ratios, continuity of care practices, healthy connections and nutrition program, Stepping Stones Scholarships, parent engagement, and a formal professional development program for our staff.
LBDN leadership and staffing is strong and includes experts in all aspects of early childhood education as well as nonprofit practices, staff development and finance. We are also proud to have a strong set of Honorary Board members who termed out of board service after 9 years of service. These members, many of whom served on the Strategic Planning Task Force, include some of the communities’ most prominent and generous philanthropists whom still work to strengthen LBDN thru continued participation and support.
LBDN operates as part of a larger ecosystem and implement braided funding to meet community needs and leverage resources. Collaborations, networks and coalitions include: Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee, Child360; Early Head Start Partnership and LBUSD.