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Auction Napa Valley 2017 results

Somer Tejwani, left, and husband Sam Tejwani from Irvine pose for a photograph at Auction Napa Valley 2017 at Meadowood Napa Valley in St. Helena.

J.L. Sousa, Register

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association announced $2.8 million in grant funding for children’s education in Napa County. Together with November’s announcement of $6.2 million in funding for community health, NVV investments in Napa County nonprofits now totals $180 million since 1981.

Helping children enter kindergarten ready to learn, supporting students in achieving academic goals and assisting young people in developing healthy behaviors are just a few of the ways in which this round of NVV funding will help Napa County youth thrive in school.

The nonprofit organizations receiving this funding serve nearly 25,000 Napa youth from infancy to high school and beyond. Nearly 8,000 educators and parents affiliated with the organizations will also benefit. The agencies receiving the funding are:

  • Aim High, $80,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, $60,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, $325,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga, $200,000
  • Child Start, $200,000
  • Community Resources for Children, $200,000
  • Napa CASA, $60,000
  • NapaLearns, $500,000
  • On the Move, $350,000
  • Summer Search, $150,000

-Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative, $669,000

These organizations provide services and programs to help build a solid foundation for academic and life success. This includes in-classroom and out-of-classroom academic enrichment, mentoring, access to technology and parental/family educational support.

As part of this round of funding, NVV is also investing $669,000 in the Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative (NVELI), a pilot program designed to help children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Among the many success stories from NVV investments in children’s education is that of the NVELI. It was created by NVV in partnership with First 5 Napa County for English language-learning pre-school children and their families with the goal of having these children ready to enter kindergarten at the same level as their English-fluent peers.

After four years and nearly $5 million in funding from the NVV, the results of the NVELI pilot program are in: English language learners who participated were three times more ready to enter kindergarten than their English language learning peers who did not participate in the NVELI.

“The Napa Valley Early Learning Initiative provides a solid roadmap for helping ensure that all children in Napa County enter kindergarten eager to engage, curious and confident in their ability to learn,” said Camille Maben, executive director of First 5 California. “This level of academic and social parity at the very beginning of school raises the quality of education and increases the opportunities for success throughout children’s lives.”

Read more about the nonprofit organizations that received recent funding for children’s education, along with youth success stories at napavintners.com. The NVV raises the funds for its community investments at its annual charity event, Auction Napa Valley.

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