Centralizing resources to enable widescale investment from all sectors, K2C follows the strengths of food banks and the retail sector to reach tens of thousands of people.
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School Supply Kits & Backpacks
Low-income children and youth struggle to afford the basic yet critical materials necessary for a quality education and life. This hardship not only stymies students’ confidence and academic achievement, but also burdens teachers and school districts. K to College addresses this material resource gap by providing under-resourced children (prioritizing homeless) with comprehensive, grade-appropriate school supply kits and backpacks.
Baby Hygiene Kits
Noting the significant physical and mental health consequences for children and parents, K to College is launching a pilot program with several dozen local and state agencies to build a best practices model for a baby hygiene kit program. The program will commence in the fall of 2016 and also include several dozen homeless shelters throughout the state. The baby hygiene kit program will be one of our cornerstone programs for the supply banking model. The kit contents are being designed by an advisory committee, but will include toiletries, diapers, and other items.
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Early Learning Kits
Equal access to education is possible only if children start kindergarten ready to learn. The majority of brain development and the highest returns on educational investment are found in the first five years of life. Therefore, an investment in the pre-kindergarten years is critical. With this in mind, K to College partnered with multiple First 5 and Head Start agencies, the leading experts on early education in California, to develop our early learning kits. These kits include materials essential to creating a high quality preschool experience.
Working with a committee of homeless liaisons and other service providers throughout the state, K to College has developed age and gender appropriate hygiene kits to meet the basic needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. In 2016, K to College will be working with another advisory group to produce hygiene kits for CalWORKs clients enrolled in community colleges and other adults working towards self-sufficiency.
Computers (Green Access Pledge)
Promoting the reuse of technology and closing the digital divide, the Green Access Pledge (GAP) program will provide a one-stop statewide service for medium and large employers from all sectors to seamlessly dispose of their old technology. From pickup from their offices, the materials will be gathered at a central location. What is not reusable will be recycled by the highest standard. Reusable products will be sent to a youth job training program in the Central Valley, yielding refurbished computers for donation to CalWORKs clients enrolled in community colleges, unaccompanied youth in homeless shelters, and other low-income children and families.
Dental disease is largely preventable when education and prevention strategies are initiated early. With this in mind, in 2010 K to College started a partnership with the California Dental Association to develop dental kits to distribute to low-income children. We are now building a statewide network of stakeholders that will expand our distributions of dental kits to low-income children and ensure that these children understand proper oral health care.