Introduction to Kiddo!,
the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation
How does Kiddo!
support the Mill Valley School District?
Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, is an
independent, non-profit, public-benefit corporation founded by parents in 1982 to
preserve arts programming in our six Mill Valley public schools. Over the
years, Kiddo! has also collaborated with District leaders to provide funding
for other vital programs that benefit the needs of all students, including
physical education, technology, library and classroom aides, and innovative
teaching programs. Parents and community members can learn more, volunteer, and
get involved at www.kiddo.org.
What Kiddo! Funds
At every elementary school, Kiddo! funding pays for many
people and programs.
At MVMS, Kiddo! funding also pays for many programs and
- Kiddo! provides funding for the salaries for all Art teachers, Music
teachers, Chorus teachers, Orchestra and Band teachers, and P.E. teachers; plus
salaries for almost every Classroom aide, and every Library aide in our
- Kiddo! also
funds Dance programs in every grade, Poetry and/or Drama instruction in every
grade, and multiple Innovative Teacher Grants.
- Kiddo! funds 100% of the salaries for all Art
teachers, Instrumental Music teachers, and Vocal Music teachers, plus Music
Technology, and our MVMS Library Aide
- Kiddo! funds 100% of the Specialist Contracts
to teach Dance in all grades, and Poetry in 6th grade.
- Kiddo! funds the Greek Mythology workshops for
all of 6th grade, Shakespeare program
and performances for all 7th grade classrooms, Word for Word literary drama
program for all 8th grade classes, a Yoga unit for all grades during P.E., an all-school
Robotics Club, and several innovative teacher grants.
- Kiddo! also provides funding for the
all-school Spring Cabaret for all grades.
- Kiddo! also provides funding
for technology, including computers and software for classrooms, plus
the salaries of our district-wide Instructional Tech Coach and some
of the tech support staff. Read
more about the District Tech Plan here.
Arts Education in
Mill Valley Public Schools
Because of Kiddo!,
the Mill Valley School District is able to provide our students with an
unparalleled, top-notch education that values the arts as much as any other
content area. This is integral to our Strategic Plan, and it is a point of pride for our
District that students in all six of our schools participate in a diverse array
of enriching experiences that deepen and expand their learning every year, from
transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade.
How Kiddo! Helps
Elementary and Middle School Teachers
- Support for Core Curriculum. The arts and
P.E. are not "extras." They are part of the core curriculum in
California. Kiddo! funds pay for the art, music and elementary P.E.
teachers, and provide dance, drama and poetry specialists.
- Specialized Instruction. In districts
that can't afford dedicated staff for art or P.E., classroom teachers often
teach these subjects, squeezing them in when they can. Mill Valley students
receive regularly scheduled art, music, drama, dance, poetry and P.E. from
professionals trained in these subjects.
- Support for Differentiated Learning.
Because Kiddo! funds classroom aides, teachers have more prep time and more
time to dedicate to students. They can provide more attention to students who
need it and more challenges for students who are excelling.
- Teaching Grants. Kiddo! also funds grants
so classroom teachers can try new and innovative programs. This year Kiddo!
has funded over $50,000
in teaching grants across the District.
- Teaching Teachers. – Kiddo! provides
the funding for our district-wide Instructional Technology Coach whose primary
focus is to assist classroom teachers to successfully integrate instructional
strategies using multiple technologies.
- Funding for Other Needs. Kiddo! fills
holes in other critical areas such as supporting professional development and
funding most of our tech support team.
Each year, with the help of parent volunteers from every
school, Kiddo! raises over $3 million in funds for our District, to help us
deliver a complete education to Mill Valley’s public elementary and middle
Learn more about volunteering, events, and other ways to get
involved at www.kiddo.org.