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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. Mi Escuelita is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in all three of its eligible sites, works in partnership with Head Start of Greater Dallas, Uplift Education charter schools and Dallas ISD, and is a United Way of Metropolitan Dallas service provider. In the 2017-2018 school year, Mi Escuelita operated five preschool campuses and served more than 550 students. In the 2018-2019 school year, thanks to our growing partnership with Uplift Education, Mi Escuelita plans to operate ten preschool campuses with Head Start, charter partnership and private classrooms and serve 800 children. Students range in age from 2 ½ to 5 with many coming from "working poor" families, scarcely surviving at or below poverty level.

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.