Chico Center for Learning was started in 2003 as a partnership between Marlene Brenden and Linda Bates. They started the learning center as a business, but found that many of the clients that came to the center for help with reading were struggling with dyslexia. They realized three things: 1) clients with dyslexia had no support in the present educational system, and were often discouraged and in dire need of compassion, intervention and successful strategies for learning; 2) one out of five people in our present day society have some form of dyslexia; 3) many people needing support for dyslexia could not afford the services. They concluded that in order to serve the needs of the community, they would have to do a large outreach to educate the public, provide a sliding scale for services, and train many more teachers and tutors. To do this successfully they would have to expand their numbers through the use of volunteers, rally for donations, and find a different format for the business.
In 2009, they became a non-profit, sponsoring community awareness events, holding fundraisers, applying for grants, and recruiting donors and volunteers. Chico Center for learning can only help clients with dyslexia in the community with your help. To operate successfully, CCL must have help from volunteers for fundraising, leading community groups, community outreach and donations. Please consider joining forces with CCL through a donation of time and/or funds. Help CCL empower students to feel good about themselves and learn in ways that work for them.
So many people are uninformed or misinformed abut the nature of dyslexia or the stragtegies needed to help educate those who are dyslexic. Please help CCL reach those in need in our community.
- Debra Moon,
CCL Board Member
Dyslexia affects one out of five children in schools today.
This puts the number of school children that may need help with dyslexia in our community at approximately 3,000. An equal number or more are in need of support services in the county at large.
- Dr. Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Director of the Dyslexia Training Institute
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