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New Little Schoolhouse Builds Big Futures

New Little Schoolhouse Builds Big Futures
Front of the red-color Little Schoolhouse and white picket fence on a sunny day

On Feb. 28, the Little Schoolhouse Child Development Center hosted a grand opening event and welcomed staff, parents, and community members. The Little Schoolhouse is a partnership between the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and National School District. Students began transferring from SOUL Academy in July last year, with approximately 35 students currently enrolled. 

“We are excited to be up and running and in a place where we can open our doors and show off our beautiful school,” said Ruth Alcantara, the school's director. “Working with National on a community school model, we hope to serve up to 60 students ages birth to 5 years old and lay a strong educational foundation for our youngest students.” 

There is a great need for quality child care programs. 

“We have a waiting list for the infant program,” said Dr. Rita Palet, executive director of early education. “We are filling a very big void and are focused on recruiting more instructional assistants to serve more children and families. It’s difficult because you need to maintain a ratio of 1 adult for every 3 children, age birth to 2 years old.” 

The Little Schoolhouse will also help SDCOE achieve its North Star goal of reducing poverty in the region by serving as a community school.

"This school will serve the community, and our goal is that all students and families feel like they are welcome and belong," said Angela Bass, assistant superintendent of learning and leadership services. "Setting our students and families up for success as early as possible lays the foundation for our students, our families, our communities, and our entire region." 

Learn more about the Little Schoolhouse Child Development Center

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