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(Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2015) – Brightside Academy’s Chief Executive Office, Mark Kehoe, and members of the Philadelphia Regional Leadership Team attended the 2015 Congreso Gala Latina on March 21 in Philadelphia.

Brightside Academy has 29 Philadelphia locations with three academies working directly with the Congreso de Latinos Unidos. The purpose of the partnership is to strengthen Latino communities through education for local families. Congreso de Latinos Unidos has supported Brightside Academy teachers in advancing their education through Harcum College. The college has an early childhood education program that many Brightside Academy teachers are enrolled in.

Brightside Academy will also partner with Congreso de Latinos Unidos for a career fair April 7 at Harcum College. The career fair will give Harcum College students studying Early Childhood Education the opportunity to learn about Brightside Academy’s employment opportunities.

“We collaborate with Congreso de Latinos Unidos to serve over 15,000 Latino families in North Philadelphia. The strong leadership and partnership with our organizations provide social services and family support directly impacting the communities we are proud to serve.,” stated Mark Kehoe.

Brightside Academy is proud to partner with these organizations to provide education and services to strengthen the Philadelphia community. Families who are interested in enrolling their children to Brightside Academy can contact the company at 877-868-2273, visit brightsideacademy.com, or stop by a local academy for more information.
 
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Brightside Academy has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia as well as other community partners for Kindergarten Transition. The purpose of the events were to inform parents of the registration process and available community resources. Three Transition to Kindergarten events were held in March, and other events will be planned for the upcoming months. 

“The Brightside Academy’s early childhood curriculum is varied with instructive and play experiences. Children will be taught all of the skills needed to successfully transition to kindergarten,” stated Rebecca Eisentraut, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Brightside Academy. “Our partnerships with community organizations such as School District of Philadelphia help us prepare children for their next learning experience, and prepare the parents with the resources they need for a successful transition.”

In addition to resources about the School District of Philadelphia, Brightside Academy collaborated with other organizations to educate parents in areas such as dental health, bilingual education, financial literacy, and the paperwork necessary to volunteer at school functions. 

Temple University's Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric and Family Dentistry: Representatives from Temple University’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences offers services for family dental health, as well as financial assistance programs for dental exams. For more information, visit http://dentistry.temple.edu/departments/pediatric-dentistry


Cynthia Kreilick of Morning Circle Media

Bilingual Education: Morning Circle Media is a publishing company located in Philadelphia that creates bilingual children’s books and promotes family literacy and cultural competence. The organization provides Brightside Academy and families with material designed to build second language skills. For more information, visit http://morningcirclemedia.com


Financial Literacy and Housing Resources: Grace Neighborhood Development Corporation provides information on financial literacy, budgets, and credit reviews. The organization supports with low-income families on the path to home ownership, and provides monthly workshops to help the families achieve their goals. For more information, visit gracetrinity.org

Parent Volunteer Paperwork: Staff members from the Parent Leaders Advisory Network in Northern Philadelphia also attended the events and provide parents with criminal background and child abuse clearance paperwork. The goal of this organization is to help parents complete the paperwork needed to volunteer at school functions, field trips, and increase parent engagement. For more information, call 215-225-7241.

Brightside Academy is proud to partner with these organizations to provide education and services to strengthen the Philadelphia community. Families who are interested in enrolling their children to Brightside Academy can contact the company at 1-877-868-2273, visit brightsideacademy.com, or stop by a local academy for more information.
Brightside Academy staff members at the Transition to Kindergarten Event