EDUCATE is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation organized for the public and educational purposes including the development or funding of programs to educate and support children and their families.
We accomplish this by recognizing the interconnectedness of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Filkoff, a former world-ranked women’s Professional Tennis Tour player, has strong interpersonal, fund raising and networking skills. For the past 12 years, she has been a Director of the City of Hope National Medical Center, and in that capacity has raised over $12 million for the City of Hope. She has past experience with Brener Zweikel & Associations Sports Public Relations. Ms. Filkoff received her B.A. from California State University, Northridge.
Ms. Emling has over 22 years experience in international development, Corporate Social Responsibility sustainability, philanthropy, human rights and democracy. She has proven senior management experience in strategic and program design, program implementation, political and reputational risk, budgets, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, training and communications. Most recently she worked for Credit Suisse in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Emling has degrees from American University and University of Michigan.
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.
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.