THE NEED FOR EARLY INTERVENTION
Charlotte recently ranked 50 out of 50 U.S. cities in a Harvard/UC Berkeley study of economic mobility (The Chetty Study, 2014). Achievement gaps are largely set by age 5, indicating the importance of Early Childhood Education (ECE) to economic mobility (The Economics of Early Childhood Investments, Council of Economic Advisers, 2014).
27% of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) identify as Hispanic. Without a high-quality ECE, these children enter Kindergarten behind, are half as likely to read on grade level in third grade, and are four times as likely to drop out of high school (Double Jeopardy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012). In CMS last year, only 41% of Hispanic third graders were proficient in reading in comparison to 82% of white peers. With research linking early achievement to graduation rates and later success in life, early interventions are critical.
We offer the only 5-star licensed dual language preschool program in the state. We help children build the kindergarten readiness and English-language skills they need to be successful, while also cultivating the long-term advantages of bilingualism.
Two generation programming means families are empowered with the tools they need to sustain their children’s education long-term, and programs are designed in partnership with families.
Wraparound services include occupational therapy, speech therapy, and family counseling, all bilingual and all on-site. We are focused on removing barriers so that children can succeed long-term.
Last fall, children entered CltBP with 38% of the skills needed for success in school. By the spring, they had doubled their skills to 78%. 99% of Preschool Program children improved their English-language skills, and 63% showed statistically significant social-emotional improvement. 88% of families showed confidence in their ability to support their child’s education in elementary school.
A recent external Alumni Tracking Study found that CltBP children enter Kindergarten ahead of Hispanic peers and maintain consistent growth and advantage through second grade. Thank you for helping build a bright future for our children, our families, and our community!
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6300 Highland Ave| Charlotte, NC 28215
Since 2014, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool has been awarded the highest ranking by the North Carolina Division of Child Development.
Charlotte Bilingual Preschool is proud to be a partner in the Smart Start of Mecklenburg network.