What We Do
Aide Support in Schools
California's budget deficit has led to massive cut-backs in education. Although special education is largely protected by specific mandates through the federal government, BALANCE4kids seeks to support public education by "giving back" to the schools. The opportunity to provide instructional assistants has enabled BALANCE4kids to save the school districts that is currently serves, tens of thousands of dollars annually, by leaving the profit margin in the schools.
Our children are shaped by the experiences and values that they are taught at home and in school. Teachers work hard while dealing with budget cuts towards classroom supplies and their own salaries. BALANCE understands the struggles that all teachers endure while trying to provide the best education for our children. As an acknowledgement of appreciation for all their hard work, BALANCE has a Teacher Grant Program that teachers can apply to in order to get more financial support towards supplies and other needs of the classroom.
Teachers hold a special place in all of our hearts.
BALANCE4kids has been fundraising since 1999 and you can see the items that have been purchased over the years by visiting our Previously Awarded Grants page.
If you are a teacher and you would like to apply for the Teacher's Grant Program, please visit our Grant Application page for more information and instructions on how to fill out and submit the application form.
The KidQuest/Club Quest Community Center was founded in 2007 for children and young adults aged four to twenty-two. The KidQuest/Club Quest Program is based on the idea that children and young adults with disabilities needed to learn socialization skills involving not only adults, but their peers as well. In October 2007, the Club Quest program was named “Community Resource of the Year" at the San Andreas Regional Center's “Service Above Self’ awards. The community center has activity rooms for experiences such as music, theater, art, cooking, games, and a reading room to promote literacy skills as well as a garden area and animals including two chickens and a rabbit that the children care for.
At Club Quest, we believe that every person, no matter their ability level has a unique gift to share with the world, and Club Quest provides a community in which to cultivate that gift. The Social Center is a place where opportunities for enriched social activities are offered daily. It is through these various activities that we encourage our participants to socialize and express themselves freely. We feel that confidence and creativity blossom when our participants challenge themselves and recognize their inner strengths. Our goal is that our participants will meet acquaintances that lead to life-long friends and start hobbies that lead to life skills as well as future career opportunities. We strive to teach each participant the joy of friends, the pleasures of real work, and the meaning of community.
You can also visit our Trainings and Workshops page for upcoming events
BALANCE4kids understands the value of a highly trained, skilled workforce, and as such provides:
1. Varied workshops throughout the year that are current to existing needs
2. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training for our staff throughout the year
3. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training offered throughout the year to local teachers, school staff, and administrators at no cost to schools
4. Monthly CPR and first aid trainings to BALANCE staff and teachers
5. Onsite training and support provided to BALANCE staff on an as needed basis
Respite providers work in the home, or in the community, with people under 22 years of age. Respite care is meant to allow the person to maintain their regular routine, while allowing their primary caregivers to get a break from their demanding role.
BALANCE4kids is a non-profit organization that fundraises for two main purposes:
1. Teacher Grant Foundation
2. Club Quest Community Center
BALANCE4kids utilizes 100% of donations collected and moneys raised into these two programs. BALANCE4kids does not retain any fundraising money for administrative costs.
If you would like to make a donation to help us out, please visit our donations page.
If you would like to help us raise money for either of these programs we are always looking for help with soliciting donations for our annual fundraisers. Please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us (831)-464-8669.