Grant Fuels Juntos Aprendemos Expansion
“If more kids had this opportunity, we would save many headaches when our children grow up. We would even save money. The jails would close.” –Juntos Aprendemos parent participant
Latino Network is excited to announce we are one of four recipients of the 2016 Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation Community Impact Grant!
The award is for three years, $135,000 to expand Juntos Aprendemos early childhood education program.
Because of this investment, Juntos Aprendemos will be able to expand to three new schools in the next three years, and 150 more Latino children and parents will be able to access this critical early learning opportunity.
“For more than fifteen years, Juntos Aprendemos has successfully been preparing kids and families to succeed in kindergarten,” said Executive Director Carmen Rubio. “We are so grateful to Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation for recognizing the program’s value to our Latino communities, and funding this expansion to ensure our Latino children are ready for kindergarten.” Read the 15-year retrospective report
In addition to the financial investment, this grant will also provide additional partnership benefits between Latino Network and Umpqua Bank. We look forward to partnering on volunteer opportunities and other activities to strengthen our communities together.
“As a community bank, Umpqua Bank is committed to investing in the communities we serve,” said Nicole Stein, Vice President Community Responsibility at Umpqua Bank. “We believe we have an obligation to give back in meaningful ways, particularly to help make a difference in the lives of children and families.”
Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation also funded three other non-profits with Impact Grants: United Way of the Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA; Salem-Keizer Education Foundation in Salem, OR; and Baker City School District in Baker City, OR.
About Juntos Aprendemos
For more than fifteen years, Juntos Aprendemos [Together We Learn] has been a community-based program working successfully with Latino children and parents. Juntos Aprendemos is a model early childhood education program designed to engage 3-5 year olds and their parents to address the opportunity gaps and disparities in school readiness faced by Spanish-speaking children in our community. Read more about the program