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BSS’s Children's Department

First Five Riverside County Children and Families Commission

Blindness Support Children's Department supports families with children having visual challenges. Our teachers provide in home instruction, strategies and learning tools to help the parent support their child's basic development in preparation for entry into mainstream kindergarten.

All services are free, "Made possible by funding from First 5 Riverside".


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Children's Department Make It and Take It


Our Make-it-Take-It event on April 27th was such a success! Families came together and listened to a local farmer discuss the benefits of organic plants such as; Mint, Rosemary, Lemon Verbena, Vick’s and many more. He also mentioned how beneficial it is for kiddos to roam free and to play with dirt. The presentation was very informative and everyone had the opportunity to smell, taste, and touch the plants throughout his presentation. The kiddos had the most fun playing with the soil he provided in a big tub and measuring spoons. Our events such as this one bring families together. They create social connections and allow them to build their knowledge of parenting along with parental resilience.

A Tactile Approach to Learning

Blind children and children with low vision are taught to touch tactile props and textures as a precursor to learning Braille.

Our goal is to equip these children and give them the skills necessary to enter mainstream kindergarten.

Teacher Training

Teacher training is available in Riverside, Corona and Moreno Valley. All teachers working with Special Needs Children who need new ideas to enhance learning are welcome to participate. Classes can be done at the main office or in other locations when there are 10 or more participants.



Our Annual Children's Christmas Party

BSS also hosts a children's Christmas party for the Program Participants in December. There are activities, stations, story time and fun for the whole family. Everyone will be able to take a picture with Santa and lunch will be provided.






Our Departments also provide training in Spanish for parents and children alike

For more information please contact: Marla Schmidt, Children's Program Manager at: (951) 715-2656 or contact the main office at: (951) 341-9244

You can also download and print our Children's Department Referral Form.

Download the Children's Department Referral Form