A Growing Community Need
Every year, 3,000 Latinx children who qualify for our Preschool Program enter Kindergarten in our community. Without a quality preschool education, children enter Kindergarten 12-14 months behind, are half as likely to read proficiently in third grade, and are four times as likely to drop out of high school on average.
Did you know that Latinx children comprise a quarter of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)?
Leading on Opportunity
A recent Harvard and UC Berkeley study found Charlotte 50 out of 50 large U.S. cities in economic mobility with segregation, social capital, and early education named as factors. In response, Charlotte’s Leading on Opportunity initiative released specific recommendations to improve mobility in Charlotte, including increasing access to early education programs for Latinx children, improving family engagement with early education programs, and training more Latinx educators.
Did you know that on average, children with access to a quality preschool education earn $2,000 more per month in adulthood?
In response to the need in our community, CltBP provides programs for nearly 500 children and families each year. Our Preschool Program for children 3-5 is the only 5 star dual language preschool program in the county. Designed in partnership with families, our Family Program supports families with tools on navigating systems and school readiness. Creciendo Juntos (Growing Together) is a weekly program for children 0-3 alongside their families, empowering families as their children’s first and most important teachers. In 2018, we launched a new classroom model called The Green Room, integrating children and families from different socioeconomic and linguistic backgrounds to accelerate language acquisition and facilitate the flow of social capital.
A recent K-2 alumni tracking study found that CltBP students enter Kindergarten ahead of their peers, demonstrate higher skill attainment and competency, and maintain consistent growth and advantage.
Together, we are redefining the concept of Preschool – not just preparing children for Kindergarten, but building an engine for social and economic change!