Life through the lens of a Storyteller Preschooler

By Giving List Staff   |   May 28, 2021

Photography Show at Paseo Nuevo: June 5th – July 6th

Storyteller Children’s Center will showcase the photography of its Head Start Children, ages 3 – 5 years old, in the old Macy’s windows in the Paseo Nuevo in downtown Santa Barbara. The show is the result of a curriculum created by teachers to instruct the children about memory, time, and reflection. The exhibition will hang for a month and offers the local community a glimpse into Storyteller Children’s Center’s approach to encouraging healthy life skills. 

Each child was given a disposable camera and taught how to use a viewfinder, a wind advance, and flash. Then, the cameras were sent home for the children to record their daily lives; a learning activity meant to encourage the development of patience, observation, creativity, and inventiveness. All photos presented have been taken by the children from their perspective. 

“There was so much joy among the children in learning a new method of taking pictures and taking the cameras home was a wonderful opportunity for them to have self-directed expression without adult intervention,” noted Teacher, Genezaret Cardoso. As opposed to the digital photography of today, the photos also offer the unique beauty of an unedited moment in time. 

Founded in 1988, Storyteller is a full-time, therapeutic school program that supports children ages 18 months to 5 years in achieving kindergarten readiness. In addition to the approximate 80 students served per year, Storyteller also provides assistance to the entire family unit, with an emphasis on breaking the cycle of poverty for the working poor while preparing children to successfully enter kindergarten. Some of Storyteller’s programs are supported by Head Start of the United States Department of Health and Human Services which provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families.

 

Storyteller Children’s Center

Mission

Storyteller is a therapeutic preschool that serves children and their families toward “Kindergarten Readiness.”
Storyteller serves Santa Barbara’s poorest families, those living below or close to the poverty guideline and who also meet the Federal definition of homeless. This segment of our community may have difficulty accessing and paying for quality preschool.

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The Key Component is Love

“The children and families of Storyteller are working against long odds. At Storyteller, we help families draw upon their own strengths to address their challenges and lay the groundwork for success. The key component is love, expertly delivered. Our teachers support children in their social and emotional growth, helping them to develop the skills necessary in both school and in life. Storyteller meets the needs of the whole family, and we could not do this without the tremendous financial support of our community.”
– Jon Clark, Storyteller Board Member and Donor since 2002

Board of Directors

Dr. Patricia Madrigal, President
Michael Wasserman, Vice President
Danna McGrew , Treasurer
​Erinn Lynch, Secretary
​Jon Clark
Jennifer GIllon Duffy
Gretchen Horn
Sharon Kayser
Anna Kokotovic
Lizzie Peus
Ken Radtkey
Kyra Rogers
Molly Seguel
Kenny Slaught
Rachael Stein
Carrie Towbes
Craig Zimmerman

Advisory Board

Tiffany Foster, Chair
Kathleen Baushke
Ed & Sue Birch
Kim Blankenhorn
Kim Busch
Tim Casey
William Cirone
Michele Cuttler
Julie Farrell
Elizabeth Gabler
Yvette Giller
Marisa Grimes
Mary Howe-Grant
Chelsea Lancaster
Kristin Linehan
Patty MacFarlane
Alixe Mattingly
Carrie Randolph
Joanne Rapp
Julia Rodgers
Rick Roney
Jo Saxon
J.P. Sharp
Belinda Zola