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AdviceEducation

When Should My Child Start Learning a Second Language?

As parents, at times we may experience the lingering thought, “Am I doing this right?” We’re worried about giving our children the best life possible as we make decisions for them every day. One of the greatest concerns shared by multicultural families is if we should expose our child to …

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CultureEducation

Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

We live in a country that thrives on diversity. Where a mixture of backgrounds supports our development as a nation, whether our ancestors have been here for generations or if we are the first generation of Americans, we integrate our roots into our daily lives and share our culture with …

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Education

The Best Gift We Can Give to Our Children

Smiles, laughter, tears, hugs, and “Congratulations” filled the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (VVCA) as thirty-five children, dressed in red caps and gowns, walked through the doors and toward the stage for their Preschool Graduation Ceremony. Parents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and Guardians carried bundles of balloons and flowers almost …

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Education

HiSet: A Step Closer to Achieving the Impossible

In an increasingly demanding workforce environment where businesses require a more technical skill set and higher education degrees, what better time to continue your education than now? According to IBA’s HiSet Program Coordinator, Tiana Bonner, “all it takes is the motivation to excel.” The College and Workforce Program offers students …

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AdviceEducation

Transitioning your Child into School

Starting preschool can be nerve wracking for both the little ones and their parents. It is common for both parties to feel a bit of separation anxiety, but there are ways to make this transition easier and a positive experience. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the …

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AdviceEducation

Don’t Lose Year-Long Lessons: Tips for Keeping Education in your Child’s Summer

It is a common known fact among school teachers that children tend to forget a lot of material from the previous school year over the summer. On average they have to spend four to eight weeks re-teaching these same things and losing valuable time where your child could be learning …

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CultureEducation

A Big Day Promoting Education and the Arts

Last Friday was an important day for our organization with two different celebrations: one for our little ones and their successful completion of the Afterschool Learning Program, and the other to mark the opening of a special exhibit, “Emerging Latino Artists,” featuring local Latino artists who are making significant contributions …

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Education

IBA’s Bilingual Preschool Celebrates Spring with Talent Show

In recent studies it has been proven that children from a Hispanic background are not speaking Spanish at home anymore, in spite of their parents’ best efforts. Studies also show that bilingualism provides critical problem solving skills and helps develop a child’s mind as they grow into fruitful learners. This …

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Education

The Resources Latino Students Need for their Future

Our nation is experiencing a crisis in higher education; almost half of college students are leaving before they earn their degree. During the last decade, the city of Boston has made efforts to increase graduation and enrollment rates within the Boston Public Schools System, and although significant leaps have been …

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Education

Defining Youth Power through Art and Education

Although unemployment rates have generally declined, there is one age group who is still particularly affected. Youth unemployment rates are the highest compared to any other demographic. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, the rate of youth unemployment in our state was …

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