Charlotte Bilingual Preschool will train more bilingual teachers with $210,000 in grants | WFAE 90.7
A pair of grants to Charlotte Bilingue Preschool will allow the school to train more local Spanish-speaking immigrants to pursue careers as early childhood educators.
The preschool announced the two grants earlier this week, which include $200,000 from the NewSchools Venture Fund and $10,000 from Mecklenburg County SmartStart.
The funds will be used to pay for a full-time preschool counselor who will help Spanish-speaking immigrant parents with children in school pursue and enroll in early childhood education classes at Central Piedmont Community College. , said Susana Jerez, director of family programs and talent development at the kindergarten.
The preschool will also use the money to hire some of the adult students as apprentices who can help with preschool programs.
“They will represent our black and brown kids,” Jerez said. “They will be role models for other family members who want to embark on a career in education. They will be role models for their children. They will be role models for other bilingual learners in other centers.”
The money will also be used to help partially fund other kindergarten positions, host focus groups exploring the economic mobility challenges faced by families served by the kindergarten, and access future opportunities. funding, Jerez said.
Kindergarten principal Marta Duran said the grants will help fill a great need for bilingual educators in the greater Charlotte area.
More than 40,000 students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools identify as Hispanic, representing 28.5% of the school district’s enrollment. Meanwhile, only 2.3% of teachers in the school district identify as Hispanic.
“We like to think we’re part of helping solve this problem,” Duran said.