Denise Louie Education Center celebrates 45 years of providing early learning services to children and families



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Marissa Wong
Phone: (206) 806-7389

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March 6, 2023 – Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) will celebrate 45 years of providing early learning services by hosting: The Future is Bright – Dinner & Auction on June 3rd, 2023, at Hanger 30.

The event will be a fun-filled, prom-themed evening with dinner, wine, bidding, and dancing. Volunteers, staff, and donors will unite to support DLEC’s work by engaging and celebrating the community. Guests will listen to the Guest Speaker, the University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor, Dr. Lange, a Head Start alumni, talk about the importance of community and the need for early education. In anticipation of the event, Dr. Lange shared, “I am really excited to work with Denise Louie Education Center. The work of early education is invaluable, and I am honored to be able to be an advocate for this vital work!”

Attendees will also hear from the Auction Chairs, Denise Moriguchi, and Jennie Cochran-Chinn, and honor this year’s Dream Award recipients, Amerigroup and Karen Ko, for their instrumental role in DLEC’s efforts to serve, educate, and empower children and families in the community.

DLEC is guided by the belief instilled by its founder, the visionary civil rights activist Uncle Bob Santos. Uncle Bob believed society could only become just when all young children have access to high-quality early learning opportunities regardless of race, heritage, citizenship, or economic status. DLEC’s purpose is to promote school readiness and envisions a future in which the opportunity gap between low-income children of color and their more advantaged peers is closed. Last year, DLEC served more than 1,138 vulnerable children and their families through its home visiting, infant and toddler care, preschool, and Play & Learn program.

Denise Louie Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services for vulnerable children and families in King County.  Since 1978, DLEC has served over 15,000 children and continues to empower children and families to reach their full potential so they can advocate for themselves, the community, and the world, even beyond the first 5 years. To learn more about Denise Louie Education Center, please visit