...I believe that when children have a head start in life, it will lead them on a path to many future successes. I am a proud parent of a DLEC alum and am honored to be a part of our team in closing the opportunity gap.
Erika OrtizLead Teacher
My parents, wife, and much of my extended family are immigrants, so this is an issue close to my heart. But more broadly, I just think that we can ‘move the needle’ the most by helping the more vulnerable parts of society. I contribute more of my time and money to DLEC than to any other cause, including my own kids' schools.
Kai ShihBoard Member
This is a cause that hits close to home as my family immigrated to the Seattle area in 1980. My parents arrived without any money nor the ability to communicate in English. They were sponsored by an American family who took us to programs similar to the DLEC to help my parents get on their feet as quickly as possible...
Peng TeaCommunity Member
...My head start experience prepared me for kindergarten and beyond, and today I am a 19-year-old University of Washington student, studying Veterinary science. All of this because DLEC opened up their doors to low income, immigrant families like ours.
Rachel WooDLEC Alumni
...I believe in our team and the valuable services we provide to our children and families each and every day. I’ve witnessed firsthand the power of DLEC’s quality education through my younger sister who has now graduated college with honors and is working in research to find cures for cancer.