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Mi Escuelita Preschool, Inc.

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Dallas, TX   |  www.miescuelita.org

Mission

To teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success.

Ruling year info

1981

Interim President & CEO

Ms. Jessica Reich

Main address

P. O. Box 191487

Dallas, TX 75219 USA

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EIN

75-1728505

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Early Childhood Education Program

The Early Childhood Education program is the crux of Mi Escuelita Preschool’s services and designed to provide children with a strong educational foundation to ensure a successful experience in both school and life. Using English language immersion and research-based curriculum, Scholastic’s PreK On My Way, Mi Escuelita Preschool meets the needs of low-income children whose native language is not English and engages them in daily math, science, reading, music and art activities. Because 90 percent of brain development is done by age six, the children are at the ideal age to learn a second language. Our specialized approach prepares them for long-term academic success and helps them master the English language, while preserving and respecting their culture at home.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Where we work

Awards

•Education Mentor Award 2008

•Navidad en el Barrio

•Nonprofit of the Year 2007

•Ernst & Young’s Celebration of Diversity

Board Chair of the Year - Mark Guckian 2012

Center for Non Profit Management

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Mi Escuelita's Early Childhood Education Program are to:
• Teach children a diverse oral language vocabulary, giving them the foundation necessary for reading effectively
• Increase children's awareness of the alphabet and the written word
• Improve children's English language skills

Mi Escuelita's Early Childhood Education Program has developed a specialized curriculum designed to meet the needs of low income children whose native language is not English. This scientifically based curriculum provides language intervention along with daily math, science, reading, music and art activities. Mi Escuelita uses the award-winning Scholastic's Big Day at Pre-K curriculum combined with new practices geared toward second language learners. This curriculum provides our children with a foundation of developmental and educational skills they will need to be successful when they enter the formal educational environment, and will allow them to take full advantage of all educational opportunities so they can succeed academically.

Studies have shown that the ideal age for children to learn a second language is during the first six years of their life, as this is when they experience the greatest gains in their cognitive language development. Children that attend Mi Escuelita are between the ages of 2½ to 5 years old. This is the optimum age for them to become bilingual. Learning a second language during these formative years will improve a child's native language skills, as well as making them predisposed to learning additional languages later in life.

Our program successfully provides English language intervention and a quality early childhood education to children who are at risk of falling short at the first critical testing benchmark in third grade, which is directly tied to high school graduation rate. Mi Escuelita measures progress annually using tested and recognized measurement tools.

There is increasing documentation of the importance of preschool. High quality early childhood education programs contribute to educational attainment later in life and to life success, and low income children show the greatest gain from participation in quality, full-day Pre-K programs like Mi Escuelita. A quality early childhood education can mean the difference for a child who would otherwise start Kindergarten up to two years behind.

Mi Escuelita's preschool program immerses children in a language-rich environment. English is the classroom language and, as a result, the education is not bilingual. However, Mi Escuelita strongly respects the cultures and first languages of the families we serve and assists the parents in working with their child to retain their native language and culture. Language formation between the years of 2½ and 5 are opportune times for children to become comfortable using more than one language, which they will retain as they grow older. Based on the results of the Woodcock-Munoz Language Survey, over 90% of Mi Escuelita children that have been in the program a full two years score a 4 (Fluent) or better on the survey. This allows the children to enter an English speaking classroom and avoid the need for bilingual or remedial services. This is extremely advantageous to the child but also saves the State of Texas thousands of dollars each year.

Mi Escuelita offers a full day, five day a week preschool experience for 493 children and half day services to 80 children in 26 classrooms located in centers in East and West Dallas, Oak Cliff, Cockrell Hill, Southwest Dallas and the Oak Lawn area. Children enter Mi Escuelita at the age of 2-½ to 3 years old. In the fall of the 2014-15 school year, Mi Escuelita began piloting a toddler classroom at our Good Shepherd location in West Dallas. This three year program will allow the organization to see the impact of serving children earlier and potentially open more toddler classrooms if needed. In some instances children enter the program a full two years before they are eligible for preschool at DISD, which allows them much more exposure to English language instruction before entering Kindergarten. Mi Escuelita offers Head Start services to families living at or below the poverty level and these classes fill quickly. The organization also hosts a private preschool for families that are considered to be the “working poor" and may not qualify for assistance or services. Private tuition is a flat $100 per week, which is among the lowest tuition rates in Dallas. Since 2013 Mi Escuelita began partnering with KIPP- DFW, a national charter school network. In 2015, Uplift Education retained Mi Escuelita to provide Pre-K service and Mi Escuelita was invited to expand into another KIPP DFW school. These partnerships allowed Mi Escuelita to serve a larger number of children and allowed the children to matriculate into high-performing, renowned charter schools.

Financials

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Mi Escuelita Preschool, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nathaniel Bennett III

Blanca Markee

Markeet'ing

Ted Vaughan

BDO USA LLP

Jeremy Burge

Texas Capital Bank

Ian Michelich

Ernst & Young

Owen Ross

Center for Church Development of North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

Daniel Bailey

Origin Bank

Larry Banda

Winstead PC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data