Ann Marie Barter joins Grace Place from the Barbara Bush Foundation

2020-09-21T19:11:17+00:00September 21st, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, Family Literacy, General News, Staff|

We are pleased to welcome Ann Marie Barter as our Grace Place Family Literacy Model® Administrator. Barter joins Grace Place, following nearly six years with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, where she served as the Senior Director of Curriculum and Training. In this role, Barter traveled nationally, developing and evaluating literacy programs to [...]

Grace Place Reopens for Summer Programs

2020-06-12T13:30:51+00:00June 12th, 2020|Adult Education, After-School Elementary, After-School High School, After-School Middle School, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, School Age Programs, Staff|

We are pleased to announce our reopening for early childhood, youth and adult education summer programming. Grace Place summer programs include a nine-week Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) class which began on June 8, a six-week elementary and middle school summer program beginning June 15, a five-week virtual high school program beginning June 15, and a combination [...]

#GracePlaceHeroes, Our Talented Teachers

2020-05-14T18:32:48+00:00May 8th, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News|

Celebrating our #GracePlaceHeroes We’d like to spotlight some of our amazing teachers - Mr. Josiah, Miss Rebecca, Ms. Tatiana, Miss Quela, and Ms. Henri. They have spent days and weeks constructing new materials in new formats for online instruction. They’ve created innovative approaches to teaching and continue to spend vast amounts of time answering questions, working with students [...]

Staying connected to our Grace Place Family

2020-05-08T14:29:16+00:00May 8th, 2020|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

Stephanie was first inducted into the Grace Place family the way many join, at the insistence of a current student. Usbeidy, who along with her three young children are long-time students at Grace Place, provided the first spark. When Usbeidy met Stephanie and her two-and-a-half-year-old son Anthony at swim class, it didn’t take long for [...]

#GracePlaceHero, Laura Velasquez

2020-05-07T17:41:16+00:00May 5th, 2020|Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, gtn2020, Uncategorized|

Laura Velasquez began her Grace Place journey seven years ago as a volunteer. In her fourth year, she joined the Bright Beginnings program with her son, Danilo. Today, she attends the Beginnings 301 course, while Danilo is thriving in the fulltime three-year-old class, and her daughter, Karen, is blossoming in the fulltime two-year-old classroom. Beginnings [...]

Grace Place will continue to support students and families through the COVID-19 Crisis

2020-04-29T15:14:17+00:00March 24th, 2020|Adult Education, Change Makers, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, School Age Programs, Staff, Uncategorized|

Dear Friends, Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and challenging circumstances. Like you, Grace Place is concerned about the spread of COVID-19, and we are doing everything we can to adapt our important work for students and families while protecting our community. As an organization, we have developed a plan [...]

The Road to Kindergarten

2019-11-21T17:53:36+00:00November 20th, 2019|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

The Road to Kindergarten “Gerardo came into my class not knowing any letters and was extremely shy,” said Ms. Henri, Gerardo’s teacher. Gerardo, a Bright Beginnings student, started coming to Grace Place a year ago after his mom, Luisa, noticed he wasn’t socializing well and was not near kindergarten ready. “He was having [...]

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place

2019-01-03T17:31:55+00:00December 27th, 2018|Adult Education, After-School High School, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

It’s a Holly, Jolly Christmas at Grace Place! All week long, families, staff, and volunteers hosted Christmas themed events and brought the Christmas Spirit to our campus for all our amazing students. To kick off the festivities, our Bright Beginnings moms hosted a special Christmas presentation and impressed staff and volunteers alike. With [...]

Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving

2018-11-27T17:40:19+00:00November 24th, 2018|Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Bright Beginnings Classrooms Celebrate Thanksgiving Our Bright Beginnings preschoolers and moms got a nice break from their busy routines and hosted a Thanksgiving celebration in our classrooms.  Many of our students and parents are new to Thanksgiving and this was a great chance to teach them the origins of this gratifying holiday [...]

Bright Beginnings Moms Learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

2018-07-31T19:51:02+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Adult Education, Bright Beginnings, Family Literacy, General News|

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families offer valuable tools for developing and sustaining a strong family culture in a turbulent world. Six mothers enrolled in Grace Place for Children and Families’ Bright Beginnings program participated in a workshop to learn the 7 Habits this month. No family is free from challenges, from its own [...]