Emmanuel Educare serves around 180 children aged from 3 through 6 years old. Run by the Westlake United Church Trust (a NPO) the pre-school lies at the heart of Westlake Village, a community plagued by high levels of unemployment and drug abuse.
This local registered pre-school does great work in providing the children with the best possible start to their education. A staff of 12 teachers and training assistants look after 6 classes, with no more than 30 children per class. Each child is also given two meals (and nutritious snacks) daily.
Based on the great foundation laid at Emmanuel Educare, many children have gone on to excel both academically and in other fields such as dance.
(English) Dictionaries and Age Appropriate Encyclopedias on CD
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(English) Age-Appropriate Story Books
Educational Software and Flash Drives/Memory Sticks
Puzzles, Scrabble and Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Castanets, Cymbals, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles and Xylophones
Jump Ropes, Soccer Balls, Tennis Balls and Whistles
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Antibiotic Ointment and Band-Aids
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators and Staplers
Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Bowls, Plastic Serving Cups, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons and Spatulas
Gardening Gloves, Hand Fork, Spades and Trowel
Bars of Soap, Hair Brushes, Hand Cream, Plastic Gloves and Washing Powder
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.