Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Latino Cultural Academy of Chicago

I recently learned of the Latino Cultural Academy (LCA) here in Chicago and it peaked my interest.  LCA is a new all Spanish Latino cultural program for kids (5-7 and 8-10 years of age) based out of the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  A brief description of the program from their website follows:

"We provide a cultural program focused on helping children develop an understanding of what it means to be Latino in a personally relevant way. Our approach focuses on creating a fun and engaging environment where children feel safe acquiring and retaining the Spanish language, as well as gaining an appreciation for the similarities and differences amongst the various Latino cultures. Our goal is to assist in the preservation of the Latino identity, culture and language in young children by sharing rich cultural traditions.  The Latino Cultural Academy is in residence at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center."

You can learn more program details via the LCA website.

The LCA will  be holding two open houses where parents can meet staff, learn about the programs and view the facility.  The specifics for the open houses follow:

Saturday, January 12 and Saturday, January 19
10:00am - 12:00pm
Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
803 S. Morgan St., Lecture Center B2
Chicago, IL  60607

Parents who register their first child at the open house receive 10% off enrollment.

More information is available via their website at or at and 312.324.4909

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