Austen Thibault, The Union Democrat

Public participation is sought by two startup after-school tutoring programs for children, partially intended to fill gaps left by school budget cuts.

One, Grandma's House, will be open to students grades 3 through 5 from throughout Tuolumne County. It will offer individual academic tutoring and will teach practical skills like cooking and doing laundry. Kids can also play board games and hang out, said spokeswoman and co-founder Annette Keegan.

The group also joined ChAD - Child and Adolescent Development - and its volunteers will get training in attention deficit disorders, Keegan said.

Grandma's House's mission statement describes it as "a nonprofit that will provide tutoring, mentoring and life skills to young children who have educational challenges, regardless of monetary means, in a warm, loving environment."

The program is to fill a gap left by declining state support of afterschool programs, and a more broad lack of supportive, nurturing-style care in society, according to Keegan.

For the full story see today's Union Democrat.

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