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Growing Strong Learners: Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District

Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School district is addressing JBMF’s key pillars on several fronts.  In order to build educator capacity, Firebaugh’s PreK teachers now take part in all relevant district trainings alongside K-12 teachers.  In addition, they have hired an English Learner Preschool Academic Coach to support teachers in language development lesson design, instructional strategies, and best practices for English Learners.  They are working to engage more parents by hiring a parent outreach liaison and providing classes on early literacy. Finally, they have teamed up with Abriendo Puertas, an organization that works to support parents as leaders in the lives of their children.

Their goals include

  • Incorporating Firebaugh’s PreK teachers in all relevant district trainings alongside K-12 teachers
  • Deploying English Learner Preschool Academic Coaches to support teachers in best practices for English Learners
  • Engaging a parent outreach liaison to reach parents
  • Partnering with community-based Abriendo Puertas to support parents as leaders in the lives of their children.

Snapshot of plans year 2-3: Firebaugh is exhibiting leadership in the early education space by creating a Professional Learning Community (PLC) among their preschool educators and other childcare providers in the community.  This partnership will help ensure all  children are ready for Kindergarten, no matter what program they attended.



Building Brilliant Futures for English Learners

English Learners


The James B. McClatchy Foundation has been awarding grants to K-12 school districts in the Central Valley since 2009 with the primary purpose of advancing the academic achievement of the Valley’s English Learners.  In 2018, we launched our Growing Strong Learners initiative, which focuses on Pre-K and Dual Language Learners in the Central Valley.

It is our intention to set a different course for our Dual Language Learners: an asset-based approach to teaching and learning that prioritizes home language and culture, as well as English acquisition.  In this vein, The James B. McClatchy Foundation supports school systems and programs as they leverage the strengths of these diverse learners and their families.

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