LA ESCUELITA, or “little school” in English, is a bilingual, half-day pre-school program serving primarily low-income Hispanic families in the Lake Norman area. Founded in 2014 by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, La Escuelita has been a leading force in providing first generation Hispanic children a chance to enter the public school system on an equal footing with their English-speaking counterparts.
Bridging the Language Barrier By Fostering Children’s Abilities to See Themselves As Important Individuals and Thereby Develop Self Confidence.
Spanish-speaking children can face unforeseen challenges when they enter public schools. Often, young Hispanic children, who have learned only their native tongue, are launched into an unfamiliar, English-speaking environment where they can find themselves left behind because of cultural differences.
Helping children develop a love of learning in a nurturing environment.
Studies show that without adequate preschool preparation, many Hispanic children enter school well behind their non-Hispanic counterparts which leads to lower achievement levels throughout their schooling and to lower graduation rates.
Preparing children by helping them to learn to interact and establish relationships with adults and peers.
La Escuelita San Alban is more than a language program. The daily instruction encompasses a full range of skills necessary for kindergarten preparedness. Incorporating fine motor skills development like scissor cutting to managing the contents of a school lunch are what elevates a child’s self-confidence in a peer group setting like Kindergarten.