Winter 2006 Newsletter
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- L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa
Lauds NSBN's Efforts
Although the mayor of Los Angeles has no official direct jurisdiction over education in the city, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made it known that he wants to see improvement in L.A.'s schools - even if it means wresting formal control away from the school board. As he continues that campaign, he remains outspoken about the kinds of innovations that the region's schools should be pursuing. In this exclusive piece for NSBN, the mayor discusses the need for building small, community-centered schools and the essential role that organizations such as NSBN can play in establishing and planning these neighborhood schools.
- LAUP/NSBN Collaborate to Bring Pre-K to 'Hot Zones'
When created in 2004, the goal of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) Initiative was to make high-quality, voluntary preschool accessible to every 4-year-old in Los Angeles County by 2014. NSBN was asked in 2005 by First 5 LA to assist LAUP with the development of new models for community- and school-based childcare centers in the areas of greatest need. NSBN's collaborative and joint-use models are being applied to the creation of new preschool seats through a memorandum of agreement with LAUP and funding from First 5 LA. Gary Mangiofico, PhD, is LAUP's Chief Operations Officer.
- Well-Designed Learning Centers Offer Immense
Health Benefits for Families & Children
Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH is a professor of pediatrics and public health at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, which is dedicated to improving society’s ability to provide children with the best opportunities for health and well-being, and the
chance to assume productive roles within families and communities. Dr. Kaufman is also vice-chair of the First 5 LA Board of Commissioners.
- Commitment to Education and Civil Rights Brings Hurtado to NSBN
NSBN was pleased to welcome John Hurtado aboard last fall as its new executive director. With a wealth of experience in health care, education, and civil rights, Hurtado brings tremendous knowledge and a unique perspective to NSBN’s efforts. His most recent experience was at MALDEF, where he helped parents and children navigate the educational system. In his first few months at NSBN, Hurtado has commenced with several new projects and looks forward to many more.
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