Orange Children & Parents Together, a nonprofit organization established in 1967, is committed to providing family-friendly, community-based programs that enhance children’s growth, strengthen families, and foster healthy communities.
  • Enhance children’s growth and development
  • Strengthen families as the primary nurturers of their children
  • Provide children with high quality educational, health, and nutritional services
  • Link children and families to needed support services
  • Ensure well-managed programs that involve parents in decision making
  • Strengthen families to create positive change in their communities
  • Appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable stage of human development
  • Appreciating and supporting close ties between the child and family
  • Recognizing that strengthened and supported families will be better to nurture and protect their children if they have a wide range of support
  • Recognizing that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society
  • Respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual child, family member, and colleague
  • Helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust, respect, and positive regard
Since 1967 Orange Children & Parents Together (OCPT) has provided early childhood education and family support programs to vulnerable children and their families. We serve families living at or below the federal poverty level living within the Orange Unified School District. We target the most vulnerable children ages 0 to 5 who are special needs, English Language Learners, children in foster care, and homeless. We serve nearly 500 children each year through our six child development centers.
OCPT 1967 Milestone
OCPT 1967 Milestone
OCPT 1967 Milestone
OCPT 1967 Milestone

Monica Mendez, Chair
Vice President
Citizens Business Bank
Brian Rouse, Vice Chair
Attorney
Diane Singer, Treasurer Trustee
Educator
Brandman University
Nedra Kunisch, Secretary
Early Childhood Education Consultant
Jeanie Viveros, Member
Sole Proprietor
Tiddlywinks Toy Store
Carolyn Reichert, Member
Retired Principal
Orange Unified School District
William Von Blasingame, Member
Energy Business Consultant

 

Robyn L. Class, Executive Director
Tracy Reyes, Associate Director
Stephanie Ignatius, Finance Director
Kathleen Lim-Valle, Education Manager
Nancy Cortes, Quality Systems Manager
Yolanda Orozco-Bruse, Children & Family Services Manager
Mariella Vieyra, Program Specialist

The Policy Committee provides a formal means for involving parents, agencies, and community members in decisions affecting the operation and management of our programs and initiatives.

The OCPT Policy Committee is responsible for:

  • Assisting OCPT in the development of and approval of Head Start grant applications each program year
  • Reviewing Head Start policies, supporting the planning process, and approving major programmatic changes
  • Participating in annual Self-Assessments and initiating suggestions for greater program involvement
  • Establishing criteria for and participating in the selections of program staff
  • Assisting staff with organizing activities, increasing parent involvement, recruiting volunteers, and mobilizing community resources
  • Planning and implementing participation in community events at our child development centers

OCPT students enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills, richer vocabulary, and stronger basic math skills than students not enrolled in early childhood education classes.
OCPT students are more likely to graduate high school and college, be employed, and earn higher incomes over their lifetime.
OCPT students are better prepared for primary education in areas of math, cognitive development, social-emotional skills, reading, and language.
Economists report early childhood education offers high return on investment – as much as $17 for every $1 invested.
“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
Graham Green, Author
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