Supporting the Dad of an “outside the box” Child

The journey a dad will take with his “outside the box” child  may be long and challenging. How and where will he find the support he needs?

Any father-to-be experiences myriad emotions when contemplating his new role as a parent. Elation and excitement will likely give way to some level of anxiety, as he questions his ability to be a “good dad”. Questions like, “how will I financially support my growing family?” “Will I be able to find enough time in the day to work and be there for my family?” He might even fall asleep at night wondering if his child will be successful, get married, have children of their own. All of this might well be addressed with the creation of a “plan”. A roadmap that, if followed closely, will lead to the desired outcome. Done.

But, what happens if a dad suddenly is faced with a major detour in that road? What happens when he receives a diagnosis for his child of a developmental delay, whether it’s sensory-processing based, speech related, or behavioral? It can be jarring and confusing, causing dad to go back and question his parenting choices, or feel guilt, fear, anxiety and anger. Ultimately, dad may even choose to deal with this by creating a new “plan”. But how? How to make things better – what to do – how to help?

Now this certainly doesn’t apply to all men, but, according to gender research men have difficulty dealing with things they can’t fix or problems they can’t solve. When their usual problem solving methodology doesn’t work, they may feel powerless or inept. Add to this the emotions and fear of their spouse, the sense of aloneness, and the realization that some of the “dreams” they had may not turn out just as “planned”, what parent wouldn’t get overwhelmed?

While a parent is a parent, no matter the gender, moms, dads and even siblings and grandparents will all deal with the diagnosis in their own way and at their own pace. No two people are the same, nor do they process and experience events in the same way. It would be unrealistic to expect two parents to understand and process a diagnosis and be “on the same page” all the time. A disconnect can occur when fear and anxiety about the child’s future, coupled with the sheer amount of extra work and patience it takes to deal with your child’s challenges, all feel like too much to bear. It would be shortsighted to think that support would come in a “one size fits all” form.

The journey a dad will take with his “outside the box” child and the rest of his family may be long and challenging. There is much parents will have to decide and do together to achieve the best possible outcome. But while the need for teamwork is crucial, there is also room for individual support and guidance. The “dad will tough if out” mentality is no longer the norm, and our community realizes the need to acknowledge the dad’s perspective and offer solutions that he can relate to and apply in familiar ways. Whether dad is “stay at home”, primary care giver, tag-teammate or weekend warrior, joining a dads’ support group can bring camaraderie, patience, insightful information, new perspective and help focusing on the positive and the strengths of all involved.

dad supportChild Success Center is presenting a Dads’ Discussion Group in a series of 3 evening sessions to be held this fall, designed to provide insights into self-care, ways to support your child and partner, information about diagnosis, provide camaraderie (you are not alone), and tools needed to maintain patience and a perspective of positivity. This feedback and coaching will be helpful to dads endeavoring to adjust to the new needs of his child and systems in place within the home and out.

Learn more about this innovative new program and sign up today.





Executive Function and Time Management Skills

Mastering Executive Function and Organization Skills

A new program offered this summer for Middle School and High School Students at Child Success Center

Is your son or daughter preparing to enter middle or high school in the fall and struggling to stay organized? Does he forget to turn in assignments? Does she feel lost when it comes to planning out long-range assignments?  If this sounds like your child, he might have challenges with “executive function and time management skills”. Child Success Center offers an opportunity for you and your child this summer to help improve these skills.

Child Success Center uses an effective and proven program based upon the Sklar Process™ that helps your child learn and understand time management and executive functioning skills that are critical for success in all aspects of life. The curriculum teaches both you and your child how to use a variety of visual tools tailored to those with challenges in executive functioning and time management. An Educational Therapist who is trained in this life-changing curriculum will lead 10-12 sessions designed to foster a lifetime of effective behavioral changes for improved time management and organizational skills.  This course is the beginning of an ongoing conversation between parent and child about how to effectively and more easily manage school and life.

The program will help the student and parent:

  • Increase awareness about procrastination and explore ways to minimize its effect
  • Learn how to organize large projects into an action plan within a functional time frame
  • Explore the use of visual aids to coordinate a weekly schedule
  • Dive into the brain to begin to understand how we process and organize information when managing tasks and keeping to a time schedule
  • Improve self-awareness and metacognition in an effort to utilize strengths to support areas of challenge
  • Learn about and create tools to manage time, tasks and organizational skills
  • Improve communication with others for better time and task management at home and at school

Our Summer Program is now enrolling. Make this the summer for change. Learn more about the Child Success Center’s “Organizational and Executive Function Groups” on our website or contact Maria Fagan Hassani, M.A., ET/P at Child Success Center – 310-899-9597.

Teens learn executive function skills at Child Success Center

Handwriting Club at Child Success Center

Child Success Center Announces “Handwriting Club” for 2014

Handwriting Club 2014 at Child Success Center in Santa Monica, California

There has been some discussion recently about the viability and necessity of learning penmanship skills. Yet research shows that writing by hand engages the brain and is a vital component of literacy. Since handwritten testing throughout the school system is unlikely to change any time soon, learning to write quickly and clearly is an important means to an end. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards, the emphasis and expectations placed on classroom note-taking and expository writing in grades K–5 is greater than ever.

Whether a child prints or uses cursive writing, it must be legible to convey correct test answers, thoughts, instructions, etc. throughout his academic career and life. Therefore “hand writing” is a skill that must be learned and serves many purposes besides legibility.

While we may take the ability to write correctly for granted, many support skills must first be learned requiring the hand, eyes and brain to work in harmony. This becomes more challenging when a child is experiencing a delay in certain areas of development. This in turn can leave a child with feelings of frustration, decreased confidence and success, and often results in avoidance of the very repetition necessary to build skill.

The years between the ages of 3 and 5 are the time your child will build the motor coordination required to develop the dexterity, hand strength and endurance to shift from a fisted grasp to an adult 3 finger, (tri-pod) dynamic grasp that will allow them to control the pencil with ease.

The “Handwriting Club” at Child Success Center is a program customized to meet each child’s needs. The program is designed and run by licensed and highly skilled Occupational Therapists and features multi-sensory strategies, whole brain learning, and the extremely successful Handwriting Without Tears® program.

For more information or to enroll, call the Child Success Center – 310.899.9597 or email:

Read complete article: “Handwriting – A Dying Art or Important Skill?”– by Melissa Idelson, Director, Child Success Center


Get Set for Kindergarten Program

Preparing your child for kindergarten.

One of the greatest challenges in the young life of most children is making that initial big step into Kindergarten.  Many parents who have had their little ones in preschool believe that Kindergarten is somewhat akin to preschool and that significant academics really don’t kick in until 1st or 2nd grade, but that is far from reality. With the introduction of the new Common Core Standards, the bar is being raised and children entering Kindergarten must be more prepared than ever.  In recent years, California Kindergarten curriculum has shifted to become far more academically skewed than in past decades and now more than ever, it’s very important to have all children properly prepared for these greater new challenges.  To successfully excel in their new setting, children must achieve and master certain educational and social skills to adequately adapt and grow in a more accountable and often faster paced setting.

Some things to look for in the “Kindergarten-ready” child:

  • Follows words left to right and top to bottom
  • Understands that words are separated by spaces in print
  • Recognizes and can name all upper and lower case letters of alphabet
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of letter sound correspondence by producing primary sound made by most consonants
  • Holds a pencil with an adult grasp – 3 fingers with control of the pencil from the fingers

New Program to Help Kids “Be Prepared” for Kindergarten with Proper Skills

To help those who may need additional support, Child Success Center announces it’s new “Get Set For Kindergarten” program, a fun, interactive opportunity to prepare your child for Kindergarten.  The program will help children develop confidence while taking the first steps toward handwriting and reading.  The huge gymnasium at Child Success Center turns “learning” into “play” and all activities will inspire creative interests and offer hands-on fun through touching, exploring and games.

Kindergarten readiness program in Santa Monica, California


















Small groups are now forming – call to reserve your child’s spot and help ensure the best start possible to a positive and successful academic experience.

New Occupational Therapist Joins Child Success Center Team

The Occupational Therapy Team at Child Success Center is pleased to welcome Gina Yoo as it’s newest member. 

Gina Yoo joins the Occupational Therapy team at Child Success Center in Santa Monica, California

Gina Yoo, MS OTR/L, comes to us with 12 years of experience in the field of Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She has worked with individuals ranging from 0-21 years old with a variety of diagnoses, ranging from developmental delay to Autism to Down Syndrome. She is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. In addition, she is certified in auditory programs such as Therapeutic Listening and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).

While incorporating her knowledge of child development, she predominantly utilizes a Sensory Integrative approach to treatment sessions with a focus on primitive reflex integration, core strengthening, postural control, visual motor/perceptual development and overall fine and gross motor coordination. With a background in floor time, her priority is to ensure that the child feels confident and safe as sessions are child directed with adult facilitation.

She has also worked with other disciplines throughout her career such as speech and language pathology, physical therapy, developmental optometry and psychology to enhance the therapeutic experience not only for the child but the family as well.

Gina’s main goal is to provide a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment to promote each child’s optimal performance, build self-esteem and teach skills to enhance their quality of life and academic success. In addition, since the family is an integral part of the therapeutic team, Gina feels it is essential to involve them in the process and selection of activities for carry over in the home and community.

We welcome Gina to Child Success Center and look forward to introducing her to our families!

For more information on the Child Success Center’s Occupational Therapy Programs click here.

Changes in California Education May Offer Reasons to Consider Summer Academic Camps

California’s new Common Core Standards go into effect with 2013-2014 School Year.

You may be busy gearing up for summer, but one thing is certain:  It’s not too early to start thinking about the fall season – especially if your child will be starting Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade.  The Kindergarten and early grade experience is in the midst of significant changes. For that matter, every grade level is going through dramatic changes, but we’ll focus on our younger scholars for this discussion.

kindergarten readiness

 Kindergarten – A New Kind of “Kid Stuff”

One of the greatest opportunities, and also challenges, of a child’s young life is the transition from a preschool into an elementary school environment.  For children who are about to enter a new world of academia, this summer will mark the end of an era and the beginning of their “real” relationship with education and learning.  Many aspects of Kindergarten will be entirely new for them. The school will be bigger, there will be more time sitting at a table, more focus on letters and numbers, more time handwriting, more time listening, and definitely, a great deal more structure. The days will be longer and there will likely be more independence required as part of the overall classroom routine.

Many think of Kindergarten simply as snacks, naps and playtime but, actually, it’s significantly more challenging than it used to be.  In an effort to help students prepare for a more competitive job market upon graduation, California is joining 44 other states in a transition to a more rigorous academic curriculum called Common Core State Standards, which dramatically affects all levels of education, starting with Kindergarten.

California lawmakers put the wheels in motion with approval of the new scholastic standards in 2010 – and by 2015, all elementary school curriculum is expected to be well on the way to completing the transition.  What this means to your Kindergartner is that she or he will be learning aspects of language, math and reading skills at levels formerly slated for higher grades.  Knowledge of these changes has clearly started to reach parents, with many feeling encouraged to ensure their child attends a preschool, transitional Kindergarten or other appropriate alternative, which will better prepare them for the challenges ahead.

If your child is heading off to Kindergarten this fall, or if your grade-schooler has struggled in any way during the current school year, here are a few tips regarding summer camps that can help your young one to be prepared for school in the fall.

  • First and foremost, the summer months are and should be a time for play, exploration, creativity and fun.  However, blend these carefree experiences with camp or summer class experiences that will benefit your child through the years of grade school ahead.
  • Think twice about what kind of organized summer activities you select for your child.  Every year parents shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars shuffling kids from one summer camp to another – ranging from soccer camp to cooking and anything imaginable in between.  If you are currently pondering the best summer camp investment to benefit your child’s growth and development, remember that there are long term advantages in ensuring their early scholastic years establish a strong foundation on which to build a lifetime of learning.
  • For children entering Kindergarten there are one or two week summer Kindergarten readiness camps featuring effective and award winning learning programs such as Handwriting Without Tears and Zoo phonics.  These tools are fun, engaging and very effective in helping kids learn.
  • For kids who will be entering first, second or third grade who are having even slight challenges with math, reading or handwriting, similarly, there are summer learning “fun” classes that can tune-up and improve an area needing help using fun and entertaining techniques.  Additionally, some summer academic programs include activities involving a full multi-sensory kid friendly gymnasium.  Studies show that kids learning retention improves greatly when the curriculum is enhanced with physical activities that exercise motor skill abilities.
  • Grade school preparation camps can directly improve a child’s comprehension and retention skill-set, which in turn will work wonders to build their confidence and bolster self-esteem upon entering a new grade.
  • Parents of kids who attended a “play-based” curriculum preschool, or whose child struggled at all with routine preschool activities, may want to consider a professional evaluation for their child to ensure that he or she is ready for kindergarten by the fall.
  • Parents should also remember that the stronger academic demands placed on kids can create new stresses they have to deal with, which can influence behavior, self-confidence and their social skills.  If you are already faced with challenges in these areas, don’t be afraid to seek out extra help for your little one to obtain techniques and/or therapy to help overcome the issues before the new school year compounds any problems.

Ultimately, enjoy and get the most out of summer this year.  But, along with your family vacation of a lifetime, the epic barbecue cookouts and neighborhood block parties, remember to keep an eye on the new school year and make sure your kids start the journey off in full academic stride.

To learn more about the Kindergarten Readiness Camp at Child Success Center, click here.

For more information on The Summer Academy at Child Success Center, click here.


May is National Speech Month

Child Success Center sheds some light on speech and articulation issues in children.

Child Success Center Speech Articulation

Communication is a fundamental skill that lays the foundation for how each of us will flourish and interact in society.  Its importance cannot be understated, which is why we pay special recognition to National Speech Month.  We are happy to present a special interview with noted speech pathologists Gina Costello, M.S., C.C.C., and Micaela Sulham, M.S., C.C.C.-SLP, who will help to shine a light on some common challenges that can affect a significant percentage of children during their key developmental years – and if left untreated, they can have severe physical and psychological implications.  Speech challenges in children can exhibit overt symptoms such as delayed language development, but they also can lead to behavioral, self-esteem and de-motivational issues.

Some speech challenges can be “grown out of”, however others, left untreated, can lead to  more severe problems down the road.  To better understand Speech Articulation and the therapy process, Child Success Center’s licensed speech pathologists Gina Costello, M.S., C.C.C. and Micaela Sulham, M.S., CCC-SLP , share keen insight about the challenges, successes and the general information that parents want regarding the help their child needs.  Here are their responses to several essential questions surrounding these issues.

What are the greatest challenges you deal with as a therapist?

Micaela – My most challenging client is the client who understands how difficult it is for him/her to talk.  Those clients tend to use “compensatory behaviors” to avoid speaking which become secondary behaviors.  Some of the strategies include tantrums, avoidance, distractions, etc.  The secondary behaviors tend to mask the real problem.  As a therapist, we have to work on the problem while dealing with the secondary behaviors.  This task is very difficult especially with children who have been using the compensatory behaviors for quite some time.

Gina – In all honesty, there are two clients-the parent and the child.  I find parents that are in denial of their child’s problem to be the most challenging.   The parent can become very defensive in this situation. I have complete understanding and compassion about how difficult it must be to accept that their child needs help.  However, I have actually seen parents not get help for their child due to their own fears or ego.  This really makes me sad for the child.

As a therapist, you are always challenged with coming up with new and creative ways to do therapy.  Some children are very receptive to therapy and are very compliant.  Other children demonstrate avoidance behaviors, may lack internal motivation or challenge the therapist behaviorally.  It takes a special therapist to have patience, understanding, compassion and creativity to pull out the best in each child.  This is the beauty of experience.

What has been your greatest success story?

Gina – I worked with a child years ago who was 2  years of age and had apraxia of speech – with only 10 words at the time.  Most 2 year olds have 200-300 words.  His father was a very involved parent, but needed a lot of guidance in understanding how to communicate with his son.  He often drilled him with questions putting him on the spot, causing him to “shut down” when he talked to him.  The father was very educated and successful in his career, however, I could sense that he did not feel success with being a parent due to this child’s communication deficit.  After 6 months of treatment, both the child and the father, who also attended the weekly sessions made huge gains.  The father learned how to be a better communication partner with his son and the experience significantly changed the dynamics between them.  With therapy a success, I formally assessed the little boy and his communication skills were above his peers.  On the last day of the therapy his father cried and was so grateful.  That was beyond rewarding for me!!

Micaela – Hearing a 3 year old child with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech say his nanny’s name for the first time without any help.  This child was known to simplify the words in his vocabulary to very similar and short words (mama, dada, nana, pa, ba, etc.).  In (therapy), he was trying to share a story about his former nanny after Skyping with her the previous evening, and independently said his nanny’s full name.  His mother began to tear up.  It was that feel good moment that you want as a therapist with every client you treat.

So parents can better understand the process, for the most common cases, what changes, aside from what you are treating, do you observe in clients you help?

Gina – I definitely see more confidence and less frustration with most of my kids.  Some children are teased by their peers because of their communication problems.  I find that kids can become more confident in interacting with their peers too.

One of the most amazing and beautiful things that speech therapy does, is it helps children learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.  In therapy, you have to help kids learn new skills and sometimes they don’t want to do the work.  It gives them the confidence to work through their discomfort and know that they will eventually be successful with practice.

I also think that it is a confidence booster for parents too.  Some of my parents are shocked by what I can get out of their kids.  They can’t believe that their child is willing to do the work and be pushed at times.  I think it gives a parent a sense of pride in their child.

Micaela – As children progress through therapy, they show more confidence in their skills.  I have seen children start to stand taller, walk taller, and use a louder, more appropriate voice when unfamiliar faces are near.  However, these are also the children who teach us as therapists to “think on our toes”, or else they may use their new found skill to escape their work task.

What are the most common questions parents will ask?

Gina – Parents typically want to know how long the therapy process will take?  They also want to know what reason they should tell their child for going to speech therapy?  They ask what therapy is like and how will I get their child to do the work?  They always ask if the problem will go away on its own – without therapy?  They often ask if they have done something to create this problem (parents often blame themselves).

Micaela – How long will this process take my child?  Many parents are balancing a busy life with work and family.  They always ask how long the process will take.  This always is a difficult question to answer as the time varies from child to child.  It may take 3 months, but it may take over a year.  It depends on why the child is coming to therapy, what are the speech errors, how many errors, what type of errors, etc.  There are a lot of factors to consider which makes that question one of the most difficult questions to answer.

What are the most common questions kids will ask, if any?

Gina – Kids often want to understand why they are coming to speech therapy (especially the older ones).  As they continue to come and they are in the final stages of therapy, they want to know when they will be graduating and what we do for graduation parties.  They often ask about the kind of toys and games we play?

Micaela – Kids ask some silly questions, the saying “Kids say the darnedest things” truly applies in my line of work.  However, some of our older kids who have been in therapy for a while or have seen other children finish and leave therapy may start to ask when will they “graduate”?

Child Success Center is unique from other therapy facilities because it features a fully equipped and kid friendly gymnasium that the kids love to explore. How do you use the gym to help clients and why is it effective?

Gina – The gym is a great tool to motivate kids.  We sometimes use the gym as a reward in the middle or end of our sessions.  It’s also great for children who are not regulated and need movement to help them feel more regulated in their bodies.  Children that have high arousal levels and children that are under aroused benefit from speech work in the gym to help them stay internally organized and regulated.  This helps them to attend more to the speech work and also helps motivate them. Physical movement helps jump start the communication centers in the brain.

Micaela – The gym is often used as a special reward for students.  We see many children ranging in age from 2 years old to 12 years old.  These children always enjoy knowing that they have gym time after working hard in speech.  For other children, the gym is used to help the child during the speech session.  These children typically benefit from the repetition of drilling for specific sounds, requesting by using language, etc., by utilizing the gym equipment.  For these children, sitting in a chair at a desk is not the ideal situation because their body may need vestibular and proprioceptive input.  When working with these children, the occupational therapists are amazing at providing tips to help improve a speech session.  These tips may include providing the child with heavy work (e.g. climbing, moving pillows around) to help regulate a child or swinging in a specific manner (e.g. linear movement, spinning, etc.) and even jumping.

Child Success Center is offering an impactful and fun program to help your children improve speech and articulation skills through a special series of summer articulation classes. The process starts with a brief assessment of your child’s speech needs, age and schedule availability so that  a summer program can be created to support you and your child. Click here for more info or call our office to set up an appointment.

Additional reading: Incidence and Prevalence of Communication Disorders and Hearing Loss in Children

Child Success Center Speech Articulation Summer Camp

The Importance of "Handwriting" Skills

Child Success Center - learning handwriting skills

Has your child struggled with handwriting skills throughout the school year?  

Now is the time to get them help. Handwriting skills are a key component and an essential part of school related activities. Refined hand skills are not only critical for early learning, but enables a child to use tools, participate in manipulative learning activities and most importantly express and demonstrate his/her knowledge through handwriting.

Interesting Fact:

The College Board found that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored slightly higher than those who printed. (Read More)

With the new Common Core Standards taking effect in the 2013-2014 School Year, children entering Kindergarten will be expected to know how to correctly and effectively hold and use a pencil, crayon or marker. Note taking and expository writing will have greater emphasis in grades K-5 than ever before. Sharper handwriting skills need to be acquired and bad writing habits abated early on in a student’s academic career.

Child Success Center’s Handwriting Club will also address the following common handwriting challenges:

  • Difficulty holding pencils or markers?
  • Difficulty coloring within the lines?
  • Messy or sloppy handwriting?
  • Writing too large or too small?
  • Occasional or frequent reversal of letters/numbers?
  • Difficulty learning letters/numbers correctly?
  • Difficulty staying on a line?

Program Details:

Dates: For current session dates click here

Times: Days and times will vary dependent on the nature of each group

Ages: 5-12 years

Enrollment: Call the Child Success Center – 310.899.9597 or email:

Cost: Please call for details


Child Success Center Announces Summer Academy!

Child Success Center Announces Summer Academy!

Summer is the time to address challenges and help your child grow their confidence to take the school year by storm!  Child Success Center is orchestrating an array of summer, results driven programs designed to have your child confident and at the top of their potential when school begins in the fall.  Most importantly summer is a time to have fun and Child Success Center programs are designed to be both fun and great learning opportunities. Click on our offerings below for more information and to get your child enrolled and on the road to new heights.  Space is very limited, so please enroll today!

Child Success Center Kindergarten Readiness Camp






Kindergarten Readiness Camp – Give your child confidence in foundational academic skills and social skills for the best start possible.

Reading Club – Reading should be fun.  If you child is struggling, help them over the speed bumps that are slowing them down.

Math Club – Math doesn’t need to be confusing.  Our program makes it simple and as easy to understand as 1 + 1 = Success!

Speech Articulation –  It’s time to make that lisp or other slight speech impediment go away.  Set up a screening today to find out how a summer speech group can correct things within weeks!

Handwriting Club – So you want your child to be a doctor….but not write like one?  Our team of Occupational Therapists will discover why handwriting is hard for your child and help them correct it over the summer.  Find out how!

Social Skills Playtime PalsLearning how to interact with others isn’t always easy.  Our therapists can help your child become more engaging to make appropriate connections with peers and others.  We can help.

Organization and Time Management If your tween or teen has challenges staying organized or understanding time management, there are techniques and tools to help them function and stay focused for the rest of their life.  They’ll find it fun.  You’ll find frustration relief.



Kindergarten Readiness and Summer Camp 2013

Now is the Time to Ask, “Is My Child Ready For Kindergarten in the Fall?”

Kindergarten Readiness Summer Camp

One of the greatest challenges in the young life of most children is making that initial big step into Kindergarten.  Many parents who have had their little ones in preschool believe that Kindergarten is somewhat akin to preschool and that significant academics really don’t kick in until 1st or 2nd grade, but in newer times that is far from reality.  In recent years, California Kindergarten curriculum has shifted to become far more academically skewed than in past decades and now more than ever, it’s very important to have all children properly prepared for these greater new challenges.  To successfully excel in their new setting, children must achieve and master certain educational and social skills to adequately adapt and grow in a more accountable and often faster paced setting.

It may seem early, but for families who will be making the transition into Kindergarten, parents should seek counsel or advice from teachers or experts and possibly even have an evaluation for their child to ensure that educational and social skill development is on track for entry into Kindergarten in the fall.

New Program to Help Kids “Be Prepared” with proper skills

To help those who may need additional support, Child Success Center will be holding Kindergarten Readiness Camps in the summer that will not only teach and prepare little ones, but they will have a blast with the classes too!  Presented as individual weekly Kindergarten Readiness Camps, kids will spend over 20 hours involved in activities designed to prepare them for the new rigors of Kindergarten.  The program will help children develop confidence when taking the first steps toward handwriting and reading.  The huge gymnasium at Child Success Center will be turned into a summer fun learning camp with the aim of turning “learning” into “play”.  The camp will feature swings, a trampoline, climbing wall and monkey bars, which will take children on an adventure and build up their kindergarten readiness skills.  The program will also feature art, music and science activities that will inspire creative interests and will offer hands-on fun through touching, exploring and games.

Parents can enroll their kids in a single weekly program, but enrollment in two or three week sessions will build stronger, lasting skills.  Also, as a bonus, multiple week enrollees and those who bring a friend may be eligible for special discounts, so be sure to inquire when you call.  They will also create a personalized specialty program for small groups who might be interested.

Each Week-long Session Will Teach Kids To:

  • Recognize letters and match them with a name and sound
  • Master holding a pencil, marker or crayon
  • Develop attention and listening skills
  • Socialize and communicate
  • Enjoy learning

DATES: Dates:  July 8, 2013  – Aug 16, 2013

TIMES: 8:45AM – 1 PM, Monday through Friday

AGE: Starting Kindergarten in the Fall

ENROLLMENT: Call the Child Success Center on 310.899.9597 or email:

COST: Full Fee is $495 per week.


  • Early Bird registration and payment by Friday March 29, 2013 is $475.
  • Multiple week discounts are available.  Call for details.
  • Discounts are also available if you bring along a sibling or friend.  Call for details.
Child Success Center
2023 S. Westgate Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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