Mi Escuelita Preschool was founded in 1978 with the mission to teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success. For the past 40 years, Mi Escuelita has provided thousands of low-income and at-risk children with English language intervention and a high-quality preschool education.
The need for early childhood education is great. Studies show that children who enter kindergarten prepared are three times more likely to read proficiently in the 3rd grade, a benchmark directly related to a child's likelihood of graduating high school. The need is even greater for English language learners (ELL) and children from low-income families. Across Dallas County in 2017, only 34 percent of ELL students and 33 percent of low-income students were reading proficiently in 3rd grade, statistics notably lower than their English proficient and higher income counterparts. These children were also less likely to graduate, with more than 25 percent of students with limited English proficiency not graduating in 2016. Mi Escuelita strives to combat these staggering statistics and close the educational gap by ensuring that children entering kindergarten are equipped with the language and educational skills they need to be successful throughout their formal education.