The Academy for Children preschool program, formed and supported by El Centro Inc., graduated 41 students Friday, May 31.
The program is designed to help prepare children for kindergarten, developing their skills in Spanish and English literacy, math and computer technology. The outcome of this program is an 80 percent progress in phonics, letters, print and vocabulary in both Spanish and English.
“The students have been working so hard this year toward their educational goals”, explained Laticia Nevarez, assistant director of preschool education at the Academy for Children. “The kids are really excited to graduate and move on to kindergarten.”
The Academy for Children has a substantive effect on low-income children who need this program to get a good foundation for future educational success. AFC also has a specific program for the students’ parents, Lee y Seras Family Literacy, giving them resources and tools to help them create literacy-rich environments, including computer literacy.
The Academy for Children operates 50 weeks of the year, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Students engage in active learning that encourages creativity through movement and play. The integrated bilingual component of AFC gives children a better, stronger foundation for when they start kindergarten.
- Story from El Centro Academy