Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach celebrates grand opening

“We’re so grateful that the dream of Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach has come true,” said David Rattray, president of Unite-LA. “Think of this school as the hub of early childhood education for all of Southern California, and an example of what high-quality early learning looks like.”

Rattray joined community partners, elected officials, school supporters and staff to celebrate the grand opening of the 22nd Educare early childhood school on November 1. Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach will provide low-income children with quality early learning during their first five years to prepare them for success in school and life.

“We are pinching ourselves that we are in this building today, and that Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is a reality,” said Megan Kerr, president of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education. “We know that providing these children with high-quality early childhood education changes lives.”

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach opened its doors to nearly 200 young children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and their families this summer.

Increasing access to early education

“We’re opening Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach as a beacon of high-quality early childhood education in Southern California,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, “and the largest early childhood school in all of Long Beach.”

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is a platform for change in early childhood policy and practice to increase access to high-quality early education for all children.

“We know that the early years are critical,’ said 8th District Councilmember Al Austin II. “You all have made a lasting impact on this community through your involvement with Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach. We look forward to the bright futures of the children here at this school. Welcome to the neighborhood.”

Partnering for success

The school was formed in partnership with Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and UNITE LA, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach Education Foundation, LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, The Advancement Project, Buffett Early Childhood Fund and Ounce of Prevention Fund.

“You all have come together to bring this vision of Educare to life here in Long Beach,” said Cynthia Jackson, executive director of the Educare Learning Network. “Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is a beacon of hope for the community and for Southern California.”

Watch a highlights video of the event.