The Story of Emma – Why I believe in early childhood education for all

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I am a self-proclaimed advocate for education because I believe that education is truly the one thing no one can take away from you. In my own community, how we educate our children comes in various systems such as public school, private schools, charter schools and even homeschool. This is great for students to be able to learn in an environment that best suits them.

What happens to children who are in school and it’s the language that doesn’t suit them?

The Story of Emma

Watch The Story of Emma from Mi Escuelita on Vimeo (below).

Many students start school without knowing English. I grew up with friends who didn’t know English when they started kindergarten or pre-school. While I thought it was awesome they knew two languages when we were older, I didn’t think about the struggles they had starting school without knowing English. In situations like theirs, many times the students can either excel because the students have support to not just get through school but do very well. Other times, without the proper support, the language difference becomes a large obstacle and challenge in their learning and later on in life.

MI ESCUELITA – A Partner in Education Advocacy

Mi Escuelita provides early-childhood education in English to non-English speaking children from low-income, at-risk families throughout the Dallas area. Mi Escuelita knows early-childhood education for non-English speaking children is vital for their future success in Dallas and throughout the U.S.

Each year, 95% of children graduating from Mi Escuelita qualify to transition directly to English speaking classrooms. This alleviates the need for higher-cost bilingual education and enables children to avoid remedial English education, thus helping to lower their chances of dropping out of school in later years.

They can’t do it alone and need our help. You can support them by donating and asking your friends and family to donate as well. (Click on the photo below to make a donation.)

Donate to Mi Escuelita Today

Our Blessings

I’m blessed to be able to teach my boys. We teach in English first and we are learning Spanish as our second language. The most important thing for me is that they receive a quality education, first. I want them to graduate with a great sense of pride of their accomplishment like their cousin did. They look up to him and I’m glad they got to see him finish school because now they know what that looks like.

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I get to give my boys an education that will prepare them for their future. Early childhood education has been key in their learning. As a member of our community, I wish for all our children to have a solid education, not just my kids. I’m thankful for organizations like #CollectiveBias for introducing me to programs like Mi Escuelita. It’s to everyone’s advantage to have an educated society. And it should be every child’s right to have a quality education whether their first language is English or not. Every child should get to start with early childhood education, too. Please join me and consider supporting Mi Escuelita to give children their right to a quality education.

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TWITTER PARTY

Join us for #TheStoryOfEmma #LATISM Twitter Party on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 9:00pm EST. @LATISM and @ColectivaLatina will be joining forces to support of the Mi Escuelita campaign and create awareness about #TheStoryOfEmma. 5 prizes of $50 gift card + $50 donation to Mi Escuelita in winner’s name will be awarded during the twitter party. RSVP link: http://cbi.as/qe2ds

Every share, tweet, or retweet that utilizes the hashtag #TheStoryOfEmma will generate a donation of $1.00, up to $10,000 in donations and encourage your readers to tweet.

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

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