Be the First to support MAC's 40-Day Fundraising Campaign! We are grateful for your continued support. It allows us to focus on the needs of young children and their families by engaging multilingual communities in cross cultural leadership and advocacy to achieve educational equity.
WHO WE ARE
The Multilingual Action Council (MAC) has been in operation since 2002. MAC is a membership organization comprised of multilingual parents of children ages 0-5, teachers, directors and family child care providers of early childhood education. MAC serves families in low-income communities and offers support to teachers and childcare providers who are on the frontline, striving to bridge cultural and lingual divides while providing education to multilingual children. While we serve families who speak a variety of languages (8) we predominantly work with Chinese, Haitian, Latino, Vietnamese and Portuguese communities.
With a large immigrant family base, MAC works to ensure greater involvement of immigrant communities in the social, political and educational life of the U.S., and promotes immigrant parent and provider leadership in schools, communities, MAC and the Early Education field.
Partnered with a strong group of members and allies across the state, MAC works to build alliances in and across communities to ensure a better world for all children. MAC accomplishes this lofty goal through education and training for early childhood care providers, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of multilingual families.
Since 2005, MAC has convened dozens of community outreach and education forums and parent leadership activities. MAC has provided training and technical assistance to hundreds of multilingual child care workers, parents, partner agencies and families. Trainings have included a review of public school and Head Start systems, cross-cultural communication for teachers and parents, ELL and the Sheltered English Immersion Program, parent involvement in schools, school readiness expectations and support, discipline frameworks in the U.S. versus home countries, parent/teacher communication strategies, and more.
HOW WE WILL USE THE MONEY
Through its mission to engage multilingual communities through cross cultural leadership, community development, advocacy and educational equity MAC strives to meet increasingly essential needs for schools and early childhood programs. We believe that we have developed and implemented a local model that is needed statewide and nationwide. We may once have been a luxury; now we are a necessity.
Your urgent support will keep us going. Your contribution will allowed us to do as well as we did last year:
· Train over 400 Early Childhood educators and providers around cultural competency.
· Provide School Readiness workshops in Greater Boston and beyond to more than 300 families.
· Offer oral and written translation to various linguistic communities
· Create a local model for higher quality early care and education
- Julie Thomson
- Debbie and Bryan Haggerty
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