What a brilliant idea! Seniors and toddlers

What a great idea! Choice in Aging Adult Day Health Care services has opened the Choice in Learning Montessori Preschool and Child Care, creating an “intergenerational learning” campus, at 490 Golf Club Road, in Pleasant Hill.

Choice in Aging (formerly Rehabilitation Service of Northern California) offers programs that include adult day health care services for frail adults, elders, and people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Upon learning the neighborhood Fountainhead Montessori Preschool would be closing, Choice in Aging welcomed this golden opportunity.

“The Choice in Aging board of directors saw an opportunity to provide additional service to our community and took quick action to help these parents ensure their children have continuity of care and education,” said Debbie Toth, CEO of Choice in Aging. “In doing so, they also seized the chance to create intergenerational programming for seniors and children.”

The new preschool center opened July 3, and is currently enrolling children ages 2-5. Students will be cared for by the same professional staff that served Fountainhead families previously. Site director Gina Velez has overseen the preschool for 25 years and will continue to manage the new program.

“Intergenerational programs are beneficial to our entire community and I am excited for this opportunity in Contra Costa County. As we face regional challenges in the Bay Area with limited resources, it is vital to look towards innovative programs like this that positively impact many people,” said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff of Contra Costa County.

To make this intergenerational dream a reality, Choice in Learning is calling on volunteers to revamp the facility with new playground equipment, furniture and a fresh coat of paint. Angel donor Nancy Gibbons generously offered to provide up to $15,000 in matching seed money.

Visit www.choiceinaging.org, or call 925-682-6330 to learn how you and your organization or business can help.

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