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Revised estimate for K-12 spending: $6 billion more next year

Spending for K-12 schools in the coming year will be $6 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown proposed just five months ago, raising per-student spending $3,000 – 45 percent – from what it was four years ago, according to the revised state budget that the governor released on Thursday.

[EdSource - May 14, 2015]


Fresno Unified urged to spend more money to get parents involved in school

Fresno Unified School District needs to spend more money on engaging parents and not just through workshops or Parent University, a group of par.ents, youth, health and family organizations told school trustees at their Wednesday meeting.

[The Fresno Bee - May 13, 2015]


Summer Programs Prove Vital

Jenny Brietigam, a senior program manager with Reading and Beyond, writes about the critical need for summer programs, the issue of “summer learning loss,” and how these programs can give to a child a head start on the new school year.

[The Fresno Bee - May 30, 2014]


Fresno foundation gives $600 toward student achievement

The Fresno Regional Foundation on Thursday awarded five grants totaling $600,000 to Valley community groups to help poor students succeed in school. One focus will be to ensure that the children can read by the third grade, because that's when they "transition from learning to read, to reading to learn," said Lori Clanton, the foundation's director of administration.

[The Fresno Bee - January 17, 2013]


Valley Childcare Threatened by Proposed State Budget Cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget cuts to child care would devastate Valley low-income families who would have to quit their jobs or rely on older children to care for younger siblings.  “The children will be losing the educational skills needed to succeed,” said Luis Santana, Executive Director of Reading and Beyond.

[The Fresno Bee - January 6, 2012]


Lowell-Jefferson-Webster Neighborhood Gets Fed Grant

Community leaders gathered at Fresno City Hall to celebrate a large federal grant designed to help some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

[The Fresno Bee - December 22, 2011]


Fresno Nonprofit Receives $500K Academic Grant

A federal grant of just under $500,000 will kick off a 10-year effort to infuse academic and career training into the poverty plagued neighborhood of Lowell, Jefferson, and Webster near Downtown Fresno.

[The Business Journal - December 22, 2011]


Literacy Program Expands

Article on Reading and Beyond’s open house, celebrating our new home at the Mosqueda Community Center.  Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Councilmember Sal Quintero were on hand to help cut the ribbon.

[Vida en el Valle - November 1, 2011]


Fresno Academy Helps Families Escape Poverty

Front-page article on how Bridge Academy, Reading and Beyond’s job readiness program, is helping low-income Fresno families.

[Fresno Bee - July 25, 2010]


Reading Opens New Doors in Life

Executive Director Luis Santana writes about the importance of tutoring programs, and the new “Race To The Top” initiative.

[Sacramento Bee - Feb 27, 2010]

[Fresno Bee - March 6, 2010]


Reading And Beyond on Jenny Toste’s Blog

CBS news anchor Jenny Toste writes about Reading and Beyond as a great opportunity to perform valuable volunteer work.

[CBS-47 website - January 2010]


Non-Profit Shows How Genesis Could Have Done It

Bill McEwen column uses Reading And Beyond as a model, to discuss how the Genesis Family Center stepped wrong. 

[Fresno Bee - June 2009]


Conference on Youth and Education in the Hispanic Community

U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spelling, highlighted Fresno Covenant Foundation in her speech about about success stories of youth and education within the Hispanic community.

[September 2007]


12 Faces of Christmas

Executive Director, Luis Santana, is featured in this holiday article on giving back to the community.

[Fresno Bee - December 2006]


Getting a Good Read on Fresno Volunteers

Bill McEwen column on the importance of volunteering.

[Fresno Bee - October 2006]


Drive To Help Kids Learn to Read Better

Bill McEwen column on the Tree of Knowledge Book Drive.

[Fresno Bee - May 2006]

TV News


The More You Know about the Long Lasting Benefits of Early Learning

The More You Know about the long lasting benefits of quality early learning. An important reminder from Reading and Beyond Executive Director Luis Santana in partnership with First 5 Fresno County .

[KSEE-24 - May 2015]


Advocates Call for 1% of LCFF Money for Family Engagement

On May 13, Fresno Building Healthy Communities gathered in front of Fresno Unified's Board of Education to urge the Board of Trustees to invest in students and families by allocating 1% of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to meaningful family engagement in schools that need it most.

[Fresno BHC - May 13, 2015]


Maria Ceballos on ¡Arriba Valle Central!

Community Connection Coordinator, Maria Ceballos, talks about parent advocacy and how Reading and Beyond's programs help parents become more involved with their children's education.

[Univision - May 2014]


Reading and Beyond: Helping At-Risk Kids

Reading and Beyond celebrates its 15th anniversary with a fundraising event featuring guest speaker Geoffrey Canada.

[KGPE-47 - March 15, 2014]


RaB Preschool Kids Count - PBS

Kids Count - Why 3rd Grade Reading Matters, discussing the importance of reading at the preschool level.

[Valley PBS - Oct. 3, 2012]


Helping Parents Work with Teachers

News coverage of a parent meeting at the Mosqueda Community Center.  Reading and Beyond guides parents in supporting their children in school.

[KGPE-47 - Sept. 1, 2012]


Jenny Brietigam on Comcast Newsmakers

Our Manager of K-12 Programs and PR talks about our variety of student and family programming and our one-stop-shop facility.

Comcast - August 30, 2012]


English Language Learners Parent Conference

Our second annual conference for parents of students classified as English Language Learners at Mosqueda Center, emphasizing the important of parent engagement.

[KFTV-21 - June 30, 2012]


Junior Giants and Summer Academy need Volunteers

Reading and Beyond, City of Fresno, and the San Francisco Giants provide "Junior Giants," a summer T-ball program for young children.

[KGPE-47 - May 25, 2012]


Family Focus: Early Learning

Reading And Beyond is highlighted in “Family Focus,” discussing the importance of early learning in the development of a child's ongoing education.

[KSEE-24 - May 8, 2012]


Mosqueda Center Beautification Day

Volunteers beautified Mosqueda Center by picking up trash, sweeping, raking, planting flowers, adding soil, and re-painting.

[KGPE-47 - March 24, 2012]


Zumbathon® Fitness Event

Ten local Zumba instructors hosted a two-hour "Zumbathon" event at Mosqueda Center to raise money for Reading and Beyond's literacy program. 200 people were involved.

[KGPE-47 - Jan. 8, 2012]


Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant $500,000

The U.S. Dept. of Education awarded Reading and Beyond a planning grant to be used in the Lowell/Jefferson/Webster neighborhood.

[KSEE-24 - Dec. 22, 2011]


Wells Fargo donates $10,000

Wells Fargo donated $10,000 in support of our Workforce Development Program.  City Councilmembers, Olivier Baines and Sal Quintero were present.

[KFSN-30, KGPE-47, KMPH-26 - Dec. 19, 2011]


Upward Bound & ValleyPBS

American Graduate

ValleyPBS aired a live broadcast featuring six high school students enrolled in our Upward Bound college prep program.

[ValleyPBS - Dec. 14, 2011]


Mosqueda Center - Open House

Open house at Mosqueda Center. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and District 5 Councilmember Sal Quintero were present.

[KGPE-47 - Oct. 25, 2011]


Luis Santana on Forward Thinkers

California Forward featured Luis Santana as a "Forward Thinker," one who helps to improve our community and inspires others.

[California Forward - July 5, 2011]


Upward Bound - Video Yearbook

Video yearbook created for the graduating students of 2011 from our Upward Bound college prep program.

[Reading and Beyond - June 8, 2011]


ELL - Parent Involvement

Parents of English Language Learners (ELL) discuss the importance of parent involvement and being familiar with the ELL classification process.

[Reading and Beyond - April 2011]


Year in Pictures 2010

A look back at the people and programs of Reading and Beyond in 2010.

[Reading and Beyond - Dec. 30, 2010]


Maria Ceballos on Latino Life

Maria Ceballos, our Community Connection Coordinator, was a guest on "Latino Life" discussing our English Language Learner Advocacy (ELLA) program.

[KFSN-30 - Nov. 14, 2010]


Luis Santana - School Pride

Luis Santana was featured on “School Pride,” an NBC web series that tells stories of communities coming together for their public schools.

[NBC.com and Hulu.com - Nov. 2010]


Summer Program 2010

Our 2010 Summer Program was featured on "Education Watch" as an excellent free program for children reading below grade-level.
[KFSN-30 - June 16, 2010]


Luis Santana on Role Models

Luis Santana was spotlighted as a role model on "Children First,"  sharing his life struggles and how he succeeded with education.

[KFSN-30 - Aug. 9, 2009]


Parent Involvement is Key

Luis Santana talks about the holistic approach of the Fresno Covenant Foundation (now Reading and Beyond), and the importance of parent involvement.

[KSEE-24 - Oct. 15, 2007]


Luis Santana - Person of the Week

Our Executive Director, Luis Santana, is named "Person Of The Week" during KFSN's Hispanic Heritage Month.

[KFSN-30 - Oct. 5, 2007]


Luis Santana - Portraits of Success

Luis Santana is featured on "Portraits Of Success."  His background and mission are highlighted as he's shown to be a strong role model for the community.

[KSEE-24 - Sept. 10, 2007]


The Importance of Volunteer Tutors

Volunteers are vital to the academic success of today's children. In this news segment, we see our volunteers at work in the classroom.

[KGPE-47 - Aug. 16, 2007]


Health and Nutrition Education

We offer health and nutrition education for community parents. The importance of a good breakfast and overall nutrition for families and children is discussed.

[KFSN-30 - May 2, 2007]

eNewsletter Archive


Issue 31: June 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Students Take a Train Trip to Hanford

• RAB Awarded Two Grants

• Books Donated to Reading and Beyond

• Luis Santana Appointed to New Board

• Volunteer Spotlight: Peng Xiong


Issue 30: May 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Eleanor Bennett Tribute

• Financial Aid Workshop for YES Parents

• Fresno State Students End Their Year

• RAB Awarded Two Grants

• Supervised Child Care Services Contract Renewed

• Staff Spotlight: Maritza Ceballos


Issue 29: April 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Open House Highlights

• Peter Weber Received the Don Larson Award

• Southeast Youth Success Program Attends Job Fair

• Sierra Health Foundation Grant Awarded

• Promo: Sign Up for Summer Academy 2015

•Volunteer Spotlight: Sai Yang, Accounting Volunteer


Issue 28: March 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Our Fresno Bridge Academy is selected as a USDA pilot program

• LCFF Road Show

• LCFF Parent Meeting

• Preschool’s Parent Meeting

• HSR Pre-Apprenticeship Presentation

• Shop and Support RAB at Save Mart and Barnes & Noble

• Employee Spotlight


Issue 27: February 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Thank You!

• Welcome New Board Members

• Volunteer Selection Process Updated

• New Boys and Girls Club Site

• Preschool has open spots

• Chili's Fundraising Event

• New Faces at Reading and Beyond

• Volunteer Spotlight: Miranda Van Vliet


Issue 26: January 2015

• A Message From Luis

• Pathways to Success’ First Graduate

• Barnes & Noble Book Drive

• First Annual Holiday Party

• Work-study Volunteers’ Vital Roles

• Preschool’s Annual Winter Concert

• Staff/Volunteer Spotlight


Issue 25: December 2014

• It take a village

• Candidate Forums Held

• Partnership with Catholic Charities Grows

• CalFresh/ Medi-cal Outreach Program Launched

• Welcome Chia Vue

• Welcome Richard Coon

• Welcome Nzong Xiong

• Wells Fargo Bank day

• FRF High Impact Grant

• RAB wins $30,000 Golden 1 Grant


Issue 24: July-August 2014

• A Note from Luis

• Superhero Summer Academy a Hit

• No time off for Preschool

• Giving Parents a voice with LCFF

• Youth Program launched in SE Fresno

• OP-Ed on the "Peril of Summer Vacation"

• Goodbye to Jonathan Cook

• Eric Johnson Wins Award

• Reading and Beyond receive two Grants


Issue 23: September-October 2013

• Program Spotlight: Bridge Academy

• Local Control Funding Formula

• Bridge Recognition Event

• Haunted Harvest Festival

• Read for the Record campaign

  1. Wal-Mart donates $2,000

  2. Hapy Birthday Don Larson


  1. Issue 22: July-August 2013

• Program Spotlight: RaB Preschool

• Bank of America donates $20K

• Summer Academy photos

• Junior Giants photos

• We Need a Fridge

• Special Thanks

• Save The Date: March 13, 2014


  1. Issue 21: February-March 2013

• Fresno Regional Foundation gives $150K • Easter Family Festival

• Success Spotlight: Bridge Academy

• First Generation Private Screenings

• Diaper and Clothing Giveaway

• Family of Sal Mosqueda visits

• Luis Santana editorial in La Opinión

• Great Day TV comes to Mosqueda


Issue 20: January 2013

  1. RaB Preschool sings at Fresno Pacific

  2. Annual Report 2011-2012

  3. Christmas Tree Fundraiser

  4. Lights On After-School

  5. Bullard Talent PTA

  6. Special Thanks to our Volunteers


Issue 19: Fall 2012

  1. Central Valley Lights On After-School

  2. Top 10 Professional Women

  3. Effective Teaching Educational Summit

  4. Family Resource Night

  5. Zumba® classes at Mosqueda

  6. Dickey Youth Center

  7. RaB Preschool on ValleyPBS

  8. Comcast Newsmakers


Issue 18: June/July 2012

  1. Promise Neighborhood update

  2. ELL Parent Conference

  3. Summer Academy 2012

  4. Preschool Graduates 2012

  5. Pathways to Success graduates


Issue 17: Spring 2012

  1. Mosqueda Beautification Day

  2. Zumbathon® 2

  3. Bank of the Sierra donation

  4. Downtown Rotary Club donation

  5. Summer Learning

  6. Advocacy Day in Sacramento

  7. GiveCamp Technology Event

  8. The Cat in the Hat visits two schools


Issue 16: December 2011

  1. Promise Neighborhood Planning Grant

  2. Upward Bound on ValleyPBS

  3. Educational Parent Summit

  4. Zumbathon®

  5. Wells Fargo donation

  6. WinterFest book giveaway event


Issue 15: November 2011

  1. Mosqueda Open House

  2. Lights On After-School

  3. Annual Report 2010-2011

  4. Meet Katie Kellum

  5. Save Mart SHARES Card


Issue 14: June-July 2011

  1. Volunteer: Jessica Gonzalez

  2. Summer Programs

  3. Luis Santana on California Forward

  4. Summer Book Drive

  5. Save Mart SAHRES Card


Issue 13: May 2011

  1. Success Spotlight: Pathways to Success

  2. Matilda Soria, Ph.D.

  3. PRSA 2011 Image Awards

  4. Learning at Kaiser

  5. KGPE Volunteer Fair


Issue 12: April 2011

  1. ELL Conference

  2. Pentathalon

  3. Hip-Hop Band donates ticket proceeds

  4. Save Mart SHARES Card

  5. Wish List


Issue 11: Feb/Mar 2011

  1. Program Highlight: Pathways to Success

  2. Success Spotlight: Bridge Academy

  3. Einstein Park new paint

  4. Wish List


Issue 10: December 2010

  1. First 5 End-of-Program

  2. Bank of the Sierra donation

  3. Thanks to our Volunteers

  4. Maria Ceballos on Latino Life

  5. Cal-Valley donation and book giveaway

  6. Einstein Park operating

  7. KJWL radio PSA


Issue 9: November 2010 Extra

  1. Cal-Valley Insurance donation

  2. Success Spotlight: Small World

  3. Luis Santana - School Pride

  4. Author Jean Chaffee donation

  5. Luis Santana in The Business Journal


Issue 8: November 2010

  1. Inspiration Spotlight: ELL

  2. ELL Fresno County statistics

  3. Fall Volunteers needed

  4. California behind in Race to the Top

  5. Wish List for Einstein Park


Issue 7: August 2010

Success Spotlight: Bridge Academy

Enstein Park announcement

A Look Back at Last Year

Summer Program 2010 re-cap

Online Donations announcement

Bridge Academy in The Fresno Bee

Clifford the Big Red Dog


Issue 6: July 2010

  1. Upward Bound Summer Institute

  2. A Day for Fathers at West Park

  3. Monterey Bay Aquarium Trip

  4. Summer Program in the news

  5. Honor Donations introduced



Issue 5: June 2010

  1. Success Spotlight: Even Start

  2. Summer Literacy Program

  3. Summer Book Drive

  4. Thanks Spring Volunteers

  5. Father’s Day Donations

  6. Thanks United Way

  7. Welcome Bridge Academy


Issue 4: May 2010

  1. Introducing Fresno Bridge Academy

  2. Bikes and Books - Thanks

  3. Success Spotlight: After-School Program

  4. Summer Program coming soon

  5. In Memoriam: Marj Johnson

  6. Annual Report 2009


Issue 3: March/April 2010

  1. Bikes and Bookes Donation Event

  2. Luis Santana News Editorial

  3. Success Spotlight: Parent Workshops

  4. Student Mural

  5. Photo of the Month: In-home tutoring

  6. Annual Report 2009


Issue 2: January 2010

  1. Message from Executive Director

  2. Success Spotlight: Upward Bound

  3. Day of Disney: Volunteer giveaway

  4. Barnes & Noble Book Giveaway Event

  5. Photo of the Month: Small World


Issue 1: December 2009

  1. New Website Announcement

  2. Special Thanks Winter Volunteers

  3. New Supervised Children’s Rooms

  4. Photo of the Month: Volunteers

  5. Luis Santana receives James Irvine Award

  6. Facebook page announced