CCHAT Impact Report 2021
A LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD CHAIR
Dear CCHAT supporter,
Whether in-person or via teleservices, CCHAT continues to strive toward providing the best listening and spoken language program for children with hearing loss.Following local health guidelines and regulations, CCHAT students returned to campus October 5th, 2020, after a month of distance learning. The homecoming brought joy and a sense of normalcy to our students, staff and families.
As we move into our 25th school year this fall, we send our heartfelt THANKS for all you do to help sustain our program. Our dedicated staff of teachers, speech therapists, aides and audiologists could not do what we do without your love and commitment to CCHAT. You are a part of the CCHAT family, and your support truly makes a life-changing difference today and always.
With sincere thanks,
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Kevin Scifres wanted to do something for the school where he got his start. The CCHAT alumni student coordinated an extensive campus parking lot project -- and the results are FANTASTIC! Kevin’s project included the removal of CCHAT’s hazardous dumpster area, paving the border of the property and replacing unsightly shrubs with beautiful palm trees.
Three amazing local companies -- Lund Construction Co., Roebbelen Construction and Livingston's Concrete -- supported the project, and the CCHAT community watched in appreciation as the rugged campus boundary was transformed into a fresh, clean surface that looks terrific! CCHAT is not only more aesthetically pleasing; it is now also safer for students, staff and families.
BY THE NUMBERS - CCHAT CENTER
Approximately 95% of children who are born deaf or hard of hearing are born to hearing parents.
In the nine counties serviced by CCHAT, approximately 150 children will be born with hearing loss every year.
Of CCHAT's student population, 66% are racial/ethnic minorities, while more than 50% are considered low-moderate income.
CCHAT is tasked with raising $10,000 per child in order to meet the funding gap no covered by local education agencies and districts.
BY THE NUMBERS - 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR
During the 2020-2021 school year, CCHAT served 62 students across seven classes on its Rancho Cordova campus.
The CCHAT staff included 11 certified Teachers of the Deaf, who provided mainstream support services and classroom instruction to CCHAT students with hearing loss from Baby & Me class (newborns) to the Primary class (ages 7-9).
Children from 24 school districts throughout the Northern California region were placed at CCHAT during the school year.
CCHAT mainstreamed 16 students into their neighborhood schools. These children will sit next to their hearing peers in classrooms throughout the region.
CCHAT is home to two on-site audiologists to serve its student population. The audiology department performs several vital functions, including routine hearing tests and hearing-assistive technology setup and troubleshooting. The presence of these professionals ensures that all CCHAT children with hearing loss have optimal access to sound throughout the school day.
Additionally, CCHAT is a registered MediCal/CCS Type C Communication Disorder Center. This allows the program to provide hearing test rescreenings and diagnostic evaluations to newborns throughout the community who fail their initial inpatient hearing screenings.
At CCHAT, daily speech therapy sessions are individualized toward the unique goals of each child. Depending on their age and present level performance, children at CCHAT may work on a variety of critical listening and spoken language objectives including articulation, self advocacy, sound development, grammatical structures, literacy skills and reading comprehension.
CCHAT’s team of speech therapists, in collaboration with classroom teachers, consistently evaluates and adapts their lessons to meet the needs of each specific student. Ultimately, CCHAT strives to help each child with hearing loss achieve age-appropriate listening, language and literacy skills.
2020-21 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CCHAT relies on the generosity of many community partners. Some local agencies and organizations that support CCHAT include the California Highway Patrol, Sac Metro Fire, Rancho Cordova Police Department, the Sacramento Kings, Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC.