EDUCATE

ADVANCING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, PARENTING & LITERACY

Unlimited Potential


EDUCATE’s goal to educate the Total Child is accomplished by serving many generations of learners through early childhood education, parenting, and literacy classes and programs.

Our target area is Long Beach, California because over 55% of the residents live below the poverty line. Long Beach represents a cross-section economically, ethnically, socially and culturally.

It has been established that children who do not attend preschool have a higher dropout rate than children who do. It is also known that children of illiterate parents have a higher dropout rate and children of parents who lack basic parenting skills do not succeed at the same rate due to lack of emotional and educational support from their parents.

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OUR MOST RECENT INNOVATIVE MODEL PROJECT

Comprehensive Pre K for Individual Long Term Success

Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool

Founded in 2008, Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool (UMDA) engages and prepares potentially at risk children to be active, motivated learners. Many of these children, if not able to attend Un Mundo de Amigos Preschool, never learn the basic skills required to transition to Kindergarten. Research shows that we can predict by the third grade, that children who do not attend preschool and become below-basic readers are significantly more likely to be high school dropouts.

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"Our school is founded on the principle that the best education will result from a partnership between parents, teachers, and children."


- Laurie Petersen, EDUCATE Board.
Our School Is:

  • A FREE LICENSED, PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM IN CENTRAL LONG BEACH
  • IN 2008 WE CREATED, DEVELOPED, BUILT AND OPENED THE SCHOOL
  • AS OF JUNE 2014, OVER 720 KINDERGARTEN READY CHILDREN HAVE GRADUATED FROM OUR PROGRAM
  • ANNUALLY THE SCHOOL PROVIDES A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION TO 120 CHILDREN
  • 37% OF OUR FAMILIES LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE
  • HAVING NO FINANCIAL OR RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS ALLOWS US TO SERVE FAMILIES WHO HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS
  • WE ARE THE ONLY PROGRAM PROVIDING FREE PARENTING CLASSES IN CENTRAL LONG BEACH
  • ALL OF THE LEAD TEACHERS HAVE BACHELOR’S DEGREES
  • WE PROVIDE A TEACHER-STUDENT RATION OF 1-8

Our Programs

UMDA provides comprehensive quality pre-school education programs to prepare students for kindergarten. This approach incorporates 8 program areas and is individually designed to a) develop the skills of our students, b) instill in our students what will be expected of them in Kindergarten and c) develop a family base that will support the student’s life long interest in learning.

  • We offer a free 3 1/2 hour Kindergarten Readiness program to four year olds.
  • We welcome 3 year olds for a small fee.
  • We have a Full Day and Half Day program.
  • We do not have any Income or Residency Requirements.
  • Parents do not need to be working or in school to qualify for zero tuition.
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Our Board

The right team with dedication, experience, and
passion is what it takes to ensure success for every child.

Laurie Petersen


Ms. Petersen has held key management positions with not-for-profit organization for over 25 years and has over 15 years experience as a board member of not-for-profit organizations including Antioch University Los Angeles. For the past six years she has focused her time and skills to providing free school for 4 year olds in long Beach, California through the design and construction of a preschool providing over 140 spaces in a high-need area. Ms. Petersen has a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.

At EDUCATE we understand that people will always be our GREATEST asset.

Lynda Eisenstat Dorf


Ms. Dorf has exceptional writing, marketing, public relations and media skills that greatly benefit EDUCATE. For 20 years she oversaw corporate media strategy for Baker Winakum Ryder and Dick Clark Productions. Ms. Dorf currently has her own firm providing all aspects of internal and external medical relations.. Ms. Dorf received a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.S. in Social Work from Yeshiva University.

Natalie Cordova


Ms. Cordova has worked with child services for Orange County Social Services for over ten years. She brings a unique perspective to the Board as both a member of the community as well as a professional who works with the organization’s target population. Ms. Cordova has a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.


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  • UMDA Preschool Long Beach
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  • Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee
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A SINCERE THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS, SPONSORS & FRIENDS




Get in Touch

If you are interested in supporting us at Educate Long Beach, please contact us and help those in need receive the proper education. You can also reach us at (562) 591-3666