Queen of All Saints School offers kindergarten screening

Kindergarten registration and screening for Queen of All Saints School will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. There will be no cost for the screening.

The school offers faith-based education, a phonemic reading program and the Kim Sutton Math Program.

Art, physical education and music programs are also part of the curriculum.

There are small class sizes and individualized and differentiated instruction.

For information and registration, call 925-685-8700 or email mgatz@csdo.org.

MDUSD provides a free summer food program

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District will provide meals for children 18 and younger for no cost during the summer.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all children. Meals will be provided on weekdays only from June 25-July 20. There will be no meals served on July 4.

Lunch and breakfast will be offered at:

Pleasant Hill

  • Fair Oaks Elementary School, 2400 Lisa Lane

    Breakfast: 8:50-9:30 a.m.

    Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-noon

    For information, call the Mt. Diablo Unified School District at 925-682-8000.

    Summer reading in Concord, Pleasant Hill


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    Cal State East Bay's Division of Continuing Education will offer eight different reading skills programs for 4-year-olds through adults taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development.

    Tuition and materials fees vary by program level. The early summer session begins the week of June 11 and a late summer session begins the week of July 18.

    The programs for younger students build comprehension, phonics and fluency skills. Programs offered for older students and adults are geared toward improving comprehension, study skills, vocabulary and speed reading.

    For information or to register, call 888-201-2448, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Workshop for families with kindergartners

    Martinez Adult Education hosts a workshop offering information on what families can expect as their child begins kindergarten and ways they can support children in preparing for a successful transition.

    Participants will receive a step-by-step interactive guide, "A Road Map to Kindergarten," developed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education and a calendar of ideas to help equip children for their kindergarten journey provided by First 5 Contra Costa.

    The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 31, at the Martinez Unified School District office at 921 Susana St. The cost is $15 and includes a light lunch. For information or questions, call 925 228-3276, ext. 241, or email cgiffin@martinez.k12.ca.us. For registration, call 925 228-3276.

    Families sought to host exchange students

    Host families are needed for incoming foreign exchange high school students. Students are 15-18 years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money and carry health insurance.

    Families can consist of a single parent, a childless couple or a retired couple. Host families are eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. Call Pacific Intercultural Exchange at 866-546-1402.

    Families needed to host international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley College is looking for local families to host international students on a temporary basis while they improve their English skills. All students speak basic English.

    Long- or short-term placements are available.

    Participating families are paid a monthly stipend of $750 per student. Requirements include providing two meals per day (three meals on weekends), a private bedroom for the student, be involved in the students's life and treat them as a family member.

    All types of families are needed, including single adults with or without children, and couples with or without children. Families may also host multiple students, as long as they can provide the appropriate accommodations.

    For information, contact Fia Parker, at 925-876-0080 or fparker@dvc.edu.

    Methodist church offers after-school program

    Concord United Methodist Church is offering a free after-school program from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, at 1645 West St., Concord.

    The program is for children in grades 1-12 and provides assistance with homework, training arts, theater and self-defense.

    Coaching in Spanish on how to provide children with better help with their homework is available for Latino families who bring their children.

    For more information, call the church office at 925-685-5260.

    Wood Rose Academy preschool has openings

    Wood Rose Academy's new preschool is open and serves children ages 2-5 years old.

    The fully-licensed nonprofit preschool offers full- or part-time programs -- from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- and provides early childhood education in a Catholic environment. The play-based program is located at 4347 Cowell Road, Concord.

    For additional information, call 925-825-5493

    Beginnings & Beyond Montessori enrolling

    Formerly called First Presbyterian Preschool, the school has been restructured and classroom remodeled, and is enrolling students.

    The school follows the Montessori method including mixed-age grouping for children 3-6 years old and uninterrupted work periods.

    A Christian emphasis is woven into all parts of the curriculum.

    The school is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located at 1965 Colfax St., Concord.

    Visit www.Beginnings-and-Beyond.com or call director Robin Stearns at 925-676-6244 to set up a tour or ask questions.

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