BENEFITING: CHINESE AMERICAN SERVICE LEAGUE INC
DANNIS LU's STORY
Dannis Lu was born in the U.S., but he spent the first few years of his life with his grandparents in China so that his parents could work. He and his parents were reunited in the U.S. in September 2015, and he enrolled in CASL’s Child Development Center soon after. However, Dannis was extremely reluctant to enter the classroom, much less talk to anyone.
CASL’s teachers worked extensively with Dannis to provide him security, consistency and love. They helped him acclimate to the new environment, and supported him in building positive relationships with people around him. They also worked with Dannis’s father, who stayed in the classroom for decreasing periods of time while Dannis adjusted to his surroundings and found activities that he enjoys.
Now Dannis has made friends, and loves coming to school!
“They tried so many different strategies to support my son. They really helped him at many different levels.” —Mr. Lu
SMART INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE...
Did you know that for every $1 invested in high-quality early childhood education programs like CASL’s Child Development Center, as much as $9 can be returned to the community in the form of improved high school graduation rates, better health outcomes, and higher rates of employment? Early childhood education has the greatest impact to our community’s future, and is by far the best investment of your donation that CASL can make.
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY...
Support of Early Childhood Education is the responsibility of us all. Eighty-five percent of brain development occurs before the age of five, making Early Childhood Education vital for a successful future. We know that at-risk children—including children of new immigrants—who do not receive proper early childhood education are: 25% more likely to drop out of school 50% more likely to be placed in special education 60% more likely to never attend college Early childhood education is a proven investment in our community’s future. Today’s children are tomorrow’s life-saving doctors, breakthrough scientists, successful employers, and outstanding leaders.
HOW YOU CAN HELP...
Become an investor in CASL’s Child Development Center. Your investment will be used to assist low-income working families who do not qualify for state assistance for our nationally accredited preschool. At CASL we believe that everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to thrive. Please consider making a one-time donation or a monthly re-occurring deduction to give children like Dannis a better chance for a brighter future.
SHIRLEY KAM's STORY...
“As a child, my sister and I attended CASL’s Child Development Center, as this program was a critical resource for our community. Now that we have succeeded, our family is paying it forward. Without the help of CASL’s Child Development Center, my parents would never have been able to afford a good early childhood education program. With your help, we will be able to empower the next generation of great thinkers and leaders. I am grateful to have an opportunity to support such an influential program."
—Shirley Kam, Creative Director, Love & Promise Jewelers