Mi Escuelita Helps Break Cycle of Family Violence


According to a University of California San Diego five-year study, Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool, a preschool funded in part by First 5 San Diego, is helping children who’ve been exposed to family violence. 

The new data results were shared at a data briefing on Friday, December 5, 2014, presented by Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) and local leaders, showing that investing in quality academic support systems positively changes the trajectory for at-risk children. The briefing highlighted data in academic advancements for children who attended Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool.  The early learning program has helped produce better reading and math scores when the children move on to elementary school, making it less likely to ever be placed in special education classes. 

Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool, operated by South Bay Community Services, is the only one of its kind designed especially for children affected by domestic violence and abuse.  The school opened in 2006 with 40 children, and now serves nearly 72 children ages 3 to 5 for full-day therapeutic quality early education with three full-time therapists and specialized staff. Since its opening, the preschool has served more than 200 children. 


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