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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: La casa hogar cultivates community connections and helps families achieve their goals by offering early childhood education for children ages 2-5, citizenship education and adult education to immigrant and latina families in the yakima valley.

Programs: English as a second language - the organization teaches five levels of english using a contextual teaching model. Students are actively involved in choosing content areas. Class work is enhanced through computer instructed english as a second language (esl). The esl program is supported through a partnership with yakima valley community college and a grant from proliteracy usa. Spanish literacy - the ability to learn a second language is greatly enhanced if the learner has reading and writing skills in their native language. The spanish literacy class provides one-on-one support for learners. Adult basic education - after a participant has learned english, the organization provides support, ged education preparation, and other pre-employment soft skill development. Early learning education center - a school readiness program for children ages 2-5 who have not had a preschool learning experience participate in activities that focus on all four learning domains: cognitive, language, emotional/social and fine motor. Learning outcomes are measured utilizing the same curriculum as yakima school district and the local head start program. Parents are incorporated in their child's learning experience through parent teacher conferences, working in the preschool, observing and being coached through teacher modeling, and classes teaching positive behavior management. Parent education - the organization's parent education program includes a 12-session course for mothers with children under the age of three. These mothers learn how to teach their babies and toddlers through play utilizing a variety of simple toys or household items. Throughout the program mothers learn how to engage their child's learning through age appropriate tasks and develop an understanding of normal child development. In the children's learning center mothers have the opportunity to experience, learn, and practice effective ways to engage their preschool aged children in the learning process. Mothers actively participate in the children's learning center on a regular basis, learning from the modeling of the teacher and other resource people. Computer technology - in the computer technology center students learn basic computer skills beginning with an introduction to the computer, keyboarding, windows xp, and the microsoft office suite. Other practical computer instructed learning is available such as english as a second language, ged preparation, conevyt online education system, and various project learning opportunities. Leadership/self sufficiency - growing leaders is an important outcome at la casa hogar. Topical based classes are provided to support leadership learning activities. Opportunities to practice leadership skills are available in areas such as teaching others, fund development, and coordinating projects. The organization served approximately 610 individuals through the various programs.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I was first a guest at Lunch on Us a few years ago. What I saw that day at La Casa Hogar brought tears of happiness. The women who were and are students in the English as a Second Language class were alive with commitment. The classroom was home to both Moms and infants, and the patient instructor is a gift. These women are thriving on learning English as well as making friends and learning parent skills in the preschool that their children attend while they are in class. Instead of feeling like helpless migrants, La Casa has provided them a safe place to learn, grow and become good citizens in our community. The classes have now expanded to include driving, computer skills, GED classes and soon there will be a citizenship class. I have former students grow into professionals on the staff of La Casa Hogar. I truly know of no better non-profit serving women than La Casa Hogar. Bette Taylor



Rating: 5

The women of LaCasa often underestimate themselves and their abilities. Spanish is their first language, but they have a desire to learn English. They have a strong wish for their children to be successful. They relate powerfully to each other and do not hesitate to include others once a trusting bond has been established. LaCasa is the contact place for developing a relationship and bond with these women. None of the women had done anything like a survey. However, they knew the information was important to develop an early learning program for their children, so they volunteered. It was a delight to see the feeling of accomplishment felt by those who participated. Many of the women who took part in that one survey gained enough confidence to become part of the planning teams that developed the perameters for the Gates Foundation (Thrive by Five) Early Learning Project.