The Brett Torino Foundation Education Services, a program of Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, has developed a number of education services designed to meet the educational needs of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness in Southern Nevada. The program provides a way for chronically-ill children to continue their education while receiving treatment and return to school with equal opportunity and any necessary accommodations required by law to aid them in the pursuit of their success in education and future goals.
Introduced in 2021, NVCCF’s LEARNING POD is a service of The Brett Torino Education Services Program of Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. In partnership with CCSD, this IN-PERSON learning program is facilitated by Nicki Klein-Richter, MA, M.Ed., full-time and multi-lingual NVCCF Education Supervisor, who is a licensed teacher with CCSD along with 26 years of classroom experience. The “pod” was created to support children who are in current treatment, experiencing effects from treatment, immune compromised, and unable to return to in-person or hybrid learning due to their diagnosis. The LEARNING POD operates MON – THUR, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants must be registered clients of NVCCF and must confirm their participation with NVCCF’s instructor. Please contact “Mrs. K” at 702.735.8434 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this and other support services.
Named after its donor, the programs and services include the Brett Torino In-Patient Classroom, located at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, tutoring, advocacy, transition services and more. Through these programs, licensed professional staff members work to ensure that each child is given the opportunity and support to succeed in their education.
How the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Helps:
PROCESS FOR RECEIVING EDUCATION SUPPORT SERVICES
First, clients will receive an initial psycho-social assessment, with an NVCCF licensed social worker, to identify the child’s and family’s needs related to diagnosis, including financial and clinical support. At this time families are asked to bring the clients most recent report card, infinite campus information, and, if applicable, a copy of the client’s transcript, 504 plan, and /or IEP to the meeting.
All educational needs identified during the assessment will given to the Director of Education through an internal referral. Upon the review of the referral and assessment, the Director of Education will complete a follow up call with the family and provide an educational strategy designed to meet the educational needs of the student and family. The educational strategy may include the implementation of accommodations through a 504 plan or IEP and tutoring.
After suggested recommendations have been provided, parents may be required to schedule a meeting with their child’s school to address the needs of their child and the parents’ concerns related to the successful transition to the school setting and/or effective classroom instruction. NVCCF’s Director of Education will attend such meetings and provide advocacy, including a letter from the primary medical specialist and handouts related to the child’s diagnosis and treatment.
GET STARTED WITH EDUCATION SERVICES FOR YOUR CHILD
Speak with your medical team, including the student’s primary oncologist or medical specialist, nurse, or hospital social worker and request a referral.
Call NVCCF at 702.735.8434 and speak with a Project A.R.K. (aids and resources for kids) staff member who will assist in completing a referral.
These education services are made possible by the long-standing support of The Brett Torino Foundation. NVCCF also is thankful to tutors provided by the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
CONTACT A SOCIAL WORKER
Fill out the form below to contact a social worker about how NVCCF can help you and your family.
There are a number of volunteer opportunities for many events and programs.
Donations go toward improving the lives of those touched by cancer.