Learning & Edu-Care 2019-2020 Annual Fund

Learning & Edu-Care 2019-2020 Annual Fund

From Marisa Folse

Fund helps present seminars on STEM topics and Nature-based play to parents and educators in Kern. Fund also helps provide mobile science labs for children 6 and under offering hands-on exploration of STEM careers.

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6 months ago

Impact result from two 2019 seminars:
40+ educators participated,
70% noted greatly improved S.T.E.M. content knowledge,
Over 60% expect to apply concepts learned within a week,
1200+ children under 6 gained S.T.E.M. and Nature play education improvement.

We expect 2020 impacts to double these positive outcomes. Help us make change.

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Learning and Edu-Care is a project of Guardians Around The Earth (GATE), a CA-based 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible. GATE is run entirely by volunteers with minimal overhead, meaning over 90% of donations go directly to community service.

GATE aims to enhance connection to our natural environment by increasing early childhood education quality and building effective families. Our goals include incorporation of early science, early technology, early engineering and early math (S.T.E.M.) as means of understanding Nature and the World around us.

Learning & Edu-Care Project provides four seasonal collaboration and training seminars annually in S.T.E.M. and Nature-based Play. Seminars are focused for adult learners who serve as Kern County’s early childhood educators– parents as first teachers, family childcare providers, nannies, babysitters, and preschool through first grade teachers. 

During two 2019 seminars, participants were mostly no/low income women with only some college, whose S.T.E.M. training impacted 1200+ Kern County youth. Participants bring S.T.E.M. content knowledge back to co-workers and other parents. By sharing knowledge, our capacity for impact greatly transcends those involved, creating a positive ripple effect throughout our community.

The Problem – Early educators tend to avoid S.T.E.M. instruction due to a lack of both content knowledge and effective teaching skills in S.T.E.M. subjects. Status quo sets S.T.E.M. funding for older school-aged learners, overlooking research driven fact that a child's greatest brain growth occurs during ages 5 and under. This status quo has positive effects, yet it does not touch upon the root cause – minimal S.T.E.M. learning support from first teachers. 

What We Do – We seek to positively impact youth by improving early educator knowledge. WestEd’s Making Sense of Science research shows that increasing content knowledge for adult learners enhances academic success in children they teach. LEC seminars  break down complex S.T.E.M. concepts, provide hands-on interaction and discussion groups, offer age-appropriate vocabulary and NGSS activity ideas for use at home and within classroom settings. 

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6 months ago

Update #1

Impact result from two 2019 seminars:
40+ educators participated,
70% noted greatly improved S.T.E.M. content knowledge,
Over 60% expect to apply concepts learned within a week,
1200+ children under 6 gained S.T.E.M. and Nature play education improvement.

We expect 2020 impacts to double these positive outcomes. Help us make change.

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