Adelante Newsletter — February 18, 2022
Dear Santa Paula Highest Quality Early Childhood Education Steering Committee,
I’m even more convinced that early intervention with High Quality, Early Childhood Education (HQ ECE) can prevent a host of educational problems … and can radically change the way we think about educational goals and processes. Learning is not simply filling a child’s head with facts and information “tabula rasa style” and to learn basic literacy, numeracy, and language skills. Neither is learning restricted to schools and classrooms.
Now we know that we need to address the developmental and socio-emotional characteristics of learners, as well as issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’ve also learned that our SPECE initiative must consider the ecosystemic contexts of learning, which include the school, the home, and the community. Only then will we harness the enormous learning potential available during the first few years of life.
Neurological studies have now shown the tremendous exponential development of a child’s brain, which has been a lost learning opportunity. This loss has been particularly detrimental for minorities and other marginalized populations. So here we are in Santa Paula, planning to ameliorate educational conditions and practices that have not served us well. Yes, it will take a village!
Preschool programs that recognize families as partners in education are aware that most families want to participate in their children’s education, and collaborative efforts pay off. Schools are a site of learning, but not the only site. Much learning occurs in homes and communities, and children learn best when there are consistent expectations across settings. Not only will we develop child readiness, but also family readiness for learning through high school and beyond. And, the results can impact the total community in other ways.
Notwithstanding the superior benefits of universal ECE, we recognize that investment in this form of early education makes economic sense when placed in the context of long-term academic and employment success. Presently, low levels of academic achievement data do not bode well for having a future educated workforce that can compete in today’s global economy. Thus, universal ECE as a means of elevating academic and developmental outcomes for all children makes sense in both academic and economic contexts.
So, how will we recognize student success? What will success look like for children in Santa Paula?
Thank you for joining together to leverage our collective talents to answer these questions as thoughtfully as possible. We are grateful to you for your service and dedication to this historic effort.
My best to you,
Dr. Gabino Aguirre
Our Fabulous Five Co-Chairs
Dr. Mari Estrada
Consultant & Higher Education Faculty
California State University, Channel Islands
Dr. Gabino Aguirre
Ventura County Community Foundation
Santa Paula Unified School District
Chief Executive Officer
Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc.
Esperanza Project Coordinator
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula
SPECE Retreat Photos
Dr. Daniel Sandoval, Chair
Dr. Mari Estrada, Chair
Dr. Cristina Miranda
Dr. Gabino Aguirre
Dr. Terri Lisagor
Facilities & Transportation
Philanthropic & Financial Investment
Jack Hinojosa, Chair
Ned Branch, Chair
Dr. Jamshid Damooei
Andy Sobel, Chair
Calleen Pardinas, Chair
Gina Rámirez, Chair
John Marquez, Chair
Dr. Jesús Vega
Lorenzo Moraza, Jr.
Meet Our Newest Members!
Director of Planning and Marketing
Gold Coast Transit District
Congratulations, Dr. Gabino Aguirre, on the arrival of your new granddaughter!
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“Your Livable Community Newsletter – What About the Kids?” Ventura County Civic Alliance