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El Campito Child Development Center

El Campito was founded in 1970 to aid migrant families coping with the struggles of starting a new life in South Bend. Ignacio and Concepcion Nino offered child care services for working families in their home, and then in the neighborhood. Forty-seven years later through the generous support of the community, El Campito has grown out of the Nino's home to become one of South Bend's oldest non-profit child development centers. El Campito is now a licensed, Level 4 Paths to Quality, bilingual child development center and one of only eight child development centers in South Bend accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the only one in the city of South Bend serving primarily low income families and providing bilingual (Spanish-English) instruction. The HighScope method is used in their classrooms, and the Parents as Teachers curriculum is offered to enrolled families and in the community. Through their programs they demonstrate their commitment to create a community of their own - an inclusive environment that embraces and celebrates children from all cultures and backgrounds. They currently serve 66 children in their child development center. Of the 66 children enrolled, 79% are from families with incomes that are under 100% of the federal poverty level.
Funds raised through Give Local Day 2017 will be placed in our scholarship fund to allow us to continue fulfilling our mission of ensuring more children in our community have access to high quality early childhood education - regardless of their socioeconomic status. Currently 68% of children in St. Joseph County are in need of access to a high quality early childhood program and only 14% of 4 year olds in our county have access to high quality programs. Through El Campito’s scholarship program, more children are gaining access to high quality early childhood education that otherwise would have been unattainable by their family. El Campito is 1 of only 12 programs in the entire county that is a Level 4 on Paths to Quality and 1 of only 8 programs in the county accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. These numbers alone show just how limited access to high quality program is to families living in poverty. This year, through the generous support of our community, El Campito was able to offer 10 scholarships to preschool aged children. El Campito is an educational success story that we need to tell, celebrate, and financially support. It is truly a model for a bright and hope-filled future.
Additional revenue from our endowment will be placed in our scholarship fund to help us fulfill our mission of ensuring more children have access to high quality early childhood education in our community.

1024 Thomas St
South Bend, IN 46601

574-232-0220
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