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Providing Engaging Opportunities for Learning, Creativity & Collaboration

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The Rhythm Child Drum to Become Early Child Development Program, in partnership with Volunteers of America, is addressing the need for equal opportunities in early education and bringing a different learning environment to frequently under-served communities.

Do you want to know ...

How you can support equal education for every young child?

What you can do to help low-income communities achieve greater levels of success?

Where you can go to directly influence the potential of our nation's youth?

Adopt a School Music Program

Preschools in some of the wealthiest communities across the country have made an effort to add more musical enrichment to their classroom experience. Educators have also recognized the vital connection between rhythm and human brain development.

While working with hundreds of schools throughout California, Rhythm Child has been able to provide an effective program that easily integrates within all socioeconomic environments. Drum to Become takes into consideration the needs of the student, teacher & parent by combining varied areas of interest into one engaging opportunity which allows for experimentation, creative expression and critical thinking.

Instead of putting the burden on schools to find money in an already overstretched budget, Rhythm Child is creating a way for private funding to provide equal opportunities in education. The initial goal is to first service all 25 Volunteer of America schools that currently work with Rhythm Child. Eventually Drum to Become would be available everywhere in California as well as the rest of the United States.

No sponsors are too small and none are too large ... there is a lot of work to be done! Help Rhythm Child & Volunteers of America address the need for equal opportunities in early education and bring a different learning environment to under-served communities across the Nation.

Rhythm Child is now working with Volunteers of America in the following communities:

Harbor City

Sun Valley

Lynwood

Paramount

Los Angeles

Downey

North Hollywood

Compton

Sylmar

Long Beach

Whittier

One School Sponsorship

Includes:

Rhythm Child Drumming Workshops (4 x year)

World Music Exploration Library (CD Collection of Children's Music)

Engaging Children with Rhythm (Training Course for Adults)

On-Going Consultation with Drumming Facilitator Norm Jones

Say It & Play It (Classroom Music-Making Program)

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Julie Faumuina, Director @ First Presbyterian Preschool (San Diego)

"One of my favorite aspects is the diversity – not ethnic diversity – rather the diverse way in which children experience Norm … visual, auditory, kinetic, etc

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Drum to Become ...

  • Reinforces the concept of grouping numbers & identifying patterns.
  • Allows for the development of phonic awareness through rhythmic phrases.
  • Encourages hand-eye coordination and body movement.
  • Introduces cultural diversity & world exploration.
  • Supports the lessons of positive social behavior.
  • Makes musical interaction accessible to anyone.

You Can Sponsor Rhythm Child's Early Education Program

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Call 310-575-9372 or send email to info@rhythmchild.net

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Arnie Duncan, Former United States Secretary of Education

“Providing all children, particularly those most at risk, with a quality preschool experience is one of the best investments our country can make".

Additional Information & Details

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A word of support from one of our sponsors - Hudson Jeans

"I have worked with Rhythm Child over the last 10 years on various charitable events as well as in the classroom, providing music enrichment to children. Norman is an amazing teacher and brings plenty of drums so that all the children can make music & play along. Norman's enthusiasm for music is contagious and the kids have a blast !!! Heather is fantastic to work with as well. They run a great program !!!!" Mary Kumble

Regional Impact: $10,000 Supports DRUM TO BECOME @ One School Anywhere in California

Includes:

All Travel Expenses

Rhythm Child Drumming Workshops for all classes each month (4 Months)

Drum to Become Student Workbook (Activity Journal for all children)

Engaging Children with Rhythm (Online Training Course for all adults)

On-going Consultation with Drumming Facilitator Norm Jones

Say It & Play It (Classroom Music-Making Program)

Unusual Animals A-Z (Classroom Book-Reading Program)

National Impact: $25,000 Supports DRUM TO BECOME @ One School Anywhere in the Country

Includes:

All Travel Expenses

Rhythm Child Drumming Workshops for all classes each month (4 Months)

Drum to Become Student Workbook (Activity Journal for all children)

Engaging Children with Rhythm (Online Training Course for all adults)

On-going Consultation with Drumming Facilitator Norm Jones

Say It & Play It (Classroom Music-Making Program)

Unusual Animals A-Z (Classroom Book-Reading Program))

Extended Regional Impact: $50,000 Supports DRUM TO BECOME @ Four Schools Anywhere in California

Includes:

All Travel Expenses

Rhythm Child Drumming Workshops for all classes each month (4 Months)

Drum to Become Student Workbook (Activity Journal for all children)

Engaging Children with Rhythm (Online Training Course for all adults)

On-going Consultation with Drumming Facilitator Norm Jones

Say It & Play It (Classroom Music-Making Program)

Unusual Animals A-Z (Classroom Book-Reading Program)

Extended National Impact: $100,000 Supports DRUM TO BECOME @ Four Schools Anywhere in the Country

Includes:

All Travel Expenses

Rhythm Child Drumming Workshops for all classes each month (4 Months)

Drum to Become Student Workbook (Activity Journal for all children)

Engaging Children with Rhythm (Online Training Course for all adults)

On-going Consultation with Drumming Facilitator Norm Jones

Say It & Play It (Classroom Music-Making Program)

Unusual Animals A-Z (Classroom Book-Reading Program)

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Volunteers of America provides hope to our children

To learn more about Volunteers of America ... click here

The Disparity of Kindergarten Preparedness

Data taken from the National Center for Education Statistics clearly shows that children in higher income areas have better test scores that relate to kindergarten preparedness. Although government funded programs in early child education for low income families focus on the key components of literacy, numeracy and social/emotional development, the additional integration of music and critical thinking add a great deal to the learning environment and subsequent success in the classroom.

  • By age 3, a child's brain is already 80% developed; 90% by age 5
  • 4-year old children from low-income families are often 18 months behind other 4-year olds developmentally
  • More than 60% of low-income families have no books in their homes for children
  • Disadvantaged children who don't participate in high-quality early education programs are 50% more likely to be placed in special education, 25% more likely to drop out of school, 60% more likely to never attend college, 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime & 40% more likely to become a teen parent

The Need for Resources

There are over 2 million children receiving government funded Head Start or Public Pre-K educational instruction. With such a large number being served, the budgets of funding agencies are restricted to basic necessities and don’t allow for many ancillary tools of development. Because the money is being stretched as far as it can go, both children and teachers at the centers desperately need additional resources to keep up with the escalating standards of education in other communities.

  • There are 129,000 centers in the US providing Early Childhood Education
  • 39% of those centers receive Head Start or Public Pre-K funding
  • 84% of center-based teachers or caregivers participate in on-going professional development
  • Only 50% of those teachers receive financial support for professional development

The Disparity of State Test Scores

The latest results were released for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (a test given to 3.2 million public school students in California - grades 3 to 8 & also in the 11th grade) to try and measure the knowledge & skills a student needs in order to be on track for college or work after high school. Although the test is new and the scores are not that great across the board, the numbers show that both economics and race have a significant impact on the educational achievements of our children.

48% of all students tested met English language arts standards

  • 73% of Asian students reached the goal
  • 64% of White students reached the goal
  • 37% of Latino students reached the goal
  • 31% of Black students reached the goal

37% of all students tested met Math standards

  • 67% of Asian students reached the goal
  • 53% of White students reached the goal
  • 24% of Latino students reached the goal
  • 18% of Black students reached the goal

The top performing districts were in the wealthier areas of the state

The Solution for Creating Equal Opportunities

Organize direct funding to provide additional programs that have immediate impact

Connect teachers with resources that increase student engagement

Implement an accessible curriculum that integrates music & critical thinking into the classroom

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Call 310-575-9372 or send email to info@rhythmchild.net