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CARES College & Career Cultivation Brunch 

The C.A.R.E.S. College & Career Cultivation had our first annual Welcome Brunch. We welcomed families from our high schools and middle schools to a morning full of valuable information for our plans this school year with our students.  Parents and students were able to listen to a testimony from a previous C.A.R.E.S. student and also listen to the significance of taking that first step to planning for the future from Mt. Diablo High School's college and career advisor, Mr. Brown. Gift cards were given out to families through a raffle and they were able to end the event with eating brunch with their students.

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Mt. Diablo CARES had an amazing time at this years golf tournament hosting the 17th hole. We were able to showcase how the funds raised help our students enjoy camp every year and how we are truly grateful for their generosity. 

Our Program Profile

Strengths

The Mt. Diablo CARES is a well-established program with strong support from our community partners as well as from our school site and administration. It is a unique collaborative between the Mt Diablo School District, City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, who all serve overlapping populations. This support stems from a history of excellent programming, coordination, strong program leadership and shared responsibility of providing services and families in the community. We are a part of the state- wide initiative, Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) identifying exemplary practices in nutrition in After School Programs. Financially we are supported by grants from both state and city initiatives.

Challenges

In order to maintain high quality services being offered to our students and families, additional funding sources are continually being pursued. The formation of a non-profit charitable foundation and other small fundraiser and mini-grants for site need. There is an ongoing need to maintain high quality training and mentorship for CARES staff to ensure qualified staff are serving our students. Expanded opportunities for culturally diverse and enriching opportunities prepare students with the life experiences.

Hours of Operation & Cost:

CARES operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. There is no cost to students for program participation.

After School Programming includes

Homework Help, Academic Intervention Program, ASPIRE Supplemental Educational Services, Nutrition Education and Cooking, Dance, Arts and Crafts, STEM, SPARK & CATCH program, Gardening and Field Trips. A Middle School Sports program is offered at the three Middle Schools with the CARES After School Program.

Snack & Supper Programming includes:

Daily nutritional snack & supper provided in partnership with Food Services Department and the USDA. Participating students receive a healthy snack consisting of milk, cracker and fruit. The Supper meal consists of milk, fruit, vegetable, and a whole grain and protein item to complete a healthy and nutritious meal.

Who We Serve

Number of Schools: 17

Number of Students Served: 2,175

Grade Levels Served: TK-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th

Male: 52%

Female: 48%

Free & Reduced Lunch: 86%

English Learner: 41%

Special Education: 20%

Demographics

Chinese: 1%

Latino: 53%

African American: 15%

Asian Pacific Islander: 7%

Other White: 20%

Other Non-White: 5%

How We Serve

Staff to student ratio: 1:20 per site

Number of credentialed staff: 1-5 per site

Number of volunteers: 2- 5 per site

Number of CARES staff: 5-12 per site

Number of subcontractors: 2-8 program wide

Number of Community Partners: 18 program wide

Schools We Serve

General Information

1266 San Carlos Avenue,  Suite A6

Concord, CA 94518

phone: (925) 691-0351

fax: (925) 691-1447

email: caresasp@mdusd.org

 

 

Healthy Snack Day 

Cambridge Elementary held our first Healthy Snack Day on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Mt. Diablo CARES partnered up with Contra Costa County Health Services to help the community make better choices when it comes to snacks. Information and tastings were provided for the families to show how easy and affordable healthy snacks can be.



 

 

STEAM at El Dorado 

Students at El Dorado Middle School explored STEAM by observing changes in matter. Students had fun seeing the chemical reaction with  carbonated beverages and Mentos. You can see the pictures below as the students are in awe with the chemical reaction. 

Job Opportunities

If you're interested in working for the Mt. Diablo CARES program please look below for the open positions; 

 

Recreation Specialist:
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/npo/d/cares-recreation-specialist/6635144651.htmlPlease contact

Caresasp@mdusd.org or call 925-691-035