NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
Teachers and parents together play a critical role in preparing pre-kindergarten children for the next step in life. If there’s a language barrier to overcome, cooperation is even more important so the youngsters will be ready for English-only kindergarten.
At Mi Escuelita Preschool’s 11 Dallas-area locations, 85 percent of children who go to preschool there will qualify to attend English-only kindergarten classes. They offer English immersion to help English-as-a-second-language students not only learn English but become truly bilingual.
A big factor in that is Mi Escuelita’s Aspire program, which provides mentorship for teachers and training for parents so they can better understand how to help their children outside of school.
“Often parents don’t understand that you don’t just take your children to school, drop them off and pick them up and their education stops,” said Gayle Nave, president and CEO of Mi Escuelita. “Their education’s just starting. It’s up you as parents to work with your child, read to your child, do activities with your child. Make learning fun and they’ll learn a lot more.”
Supporting education is part of the core mission for the CoServ Charitable Foundation. This month, CCF contributed $15,000 to Mi Escuelit’s Aspire program. That will help pay for more teacher mentorship and parental training. The grant was paid out of CCF’s general fund, which comes from CoServ Employee payroll deductions and fundraising events.
CCF has given $28,500 to Mi Escuelita since 2004.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, more than $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about CCF, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.