Congressman Carbajal Visits and Reads to Storyteller Children

By Giving List Staff   |   July 19, 2021
Congressman Salud Carbajal reads to students at Storyteller Children’s Center (photo courtesy Storyteller Children’s Center)

Congressman Carbajal paid a special visit to Storyteller Children’s Center’s De La Vina campus on July 16 to read stories to the young students while spotlighting the importance of Early Child Development. 

Congressman Salud Carbajal and Storyteller Children’s Center Executive Director Susan Cass (photo courtesy Storyteller Children’s Center)

The Congressman read two books including “I Like You,” by Kathleen Beal and “Del Desierto a la Jungla,” by Amada Irma Perez. 

“It was so special to have Congressmen Carbajal with us today. The students were particularly attentive during story time,” noted Storyteller Children’s Center Executive Director, Susan Cass. “Educating children early while mitigating challenges and trauma is so critical in these first five years. It means a great deal that our representatives value and underscore our mission.”

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.

For more information form Congressman Carbajal’s office, contact: Mannal Haddad at mannal@saludcarbajal.com or (310) 619-8134.

 

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