In the landscape of the city of Charlotte, CltBP falls at the intersection of two citywide initiatives, READ Charlotte, and Opportunity Task Force. High-quality early childhood education helps contribute to reading on grade level and increases potential economic mobility.
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool serves Latino families in Charlotte. This is a rapidly growing population (1 in 4 babies born in Mecklenburg county) in our city and across the nation.
- The New American Reality
- Why Leaders Are Trying to Keep Charlotte Immigrant-Friendly, by Tanvi Misra, The Atlantic, December 10, 2015
- 5 facts about Latinos and education, Pew Research Center, Jens Manuel Krogstad, July 28, 2016
- The economic and fiscal consequences of immigration
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education is not just ‘daycare’. Children with no early childhood learning experiences often start Kindergarten 12-18 months behind their peers.
- “What Exactly is High Quality Preschool?” by NPR
- Talking to children is critical – The Promise to Georgia’s Children – Rollins Center for Language & Literacy –
- The Early Catastrophe – The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3
- First 2000 Days
Dual Language Learners
The children in our classroom are considered Dual Language Learners, as they learn English and Spanish. We aim to follow the researched best practices for these children.
- The Science of Dual language Learning for Children Birth Through Age Five: Effective Practices that Improve Outcomes, by Linda Espinosa (must register to view webinar)
- Nurturing Bilingual Infants and Toddlers, By Karen Nemeth (must register to view webinar)
- The Promise of Bilingual and Dual Immersion Education Stanford CEPA 2015
- American Educator On Dual Language Learners
- 6 Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education
- The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain, By VIF International Education
- Benefits of Being Bilingual, By the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness