2020 Community Impact Grant
Legal-name: Precious Lamb Preschool
Address: 2005 Palo Verde Ave. PMB 301
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501 C 3
Ranking-title: Lailanie Jones, Executive Director
Contact-First-name: Erin Wilson
Title: Development Director
Grant Purpose: To provide early education to children living under the poverty line, experiencing homelessness or transient living.
Mission: Breaking the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. Through early education that promotes faith building and school readiness we seek to foster permanent positive change in our families. We want to be a tangible support system for young children and families dealing with crisis. Through nurturing, education and support, we help to bring restoration, stability and empowerment.
What-is-project: Precious Lamb is a unique school that provides high quality early education ONLY to families experiencing homelessness. All our students (ages 1.5-5.5 years) are homeless or living in severe instability. Our mission it to break the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time, which statistically is possible the better and more consistently educated a child is, and that they are learning in an environment that they feel safe and nurtured in. Our goal is to enable each student to thrive, and set up their entire family unit for success, by giving parents the opportunity to go to school, gain sobriety, find jobs, etc. With so many essential jobs now available to our parents (Grocery, healthcare, Amazon, delivery, etc) the value of a stable and safe all-day school is higher than ever.
Precious Lamb is a a full time, no cost preschool for homeless families. To be eligible to attend, parents must live in a shelter or some form of temporary housing and need to be working toward a clear goal and part of a program. We strive to be a high quality, private school environment with a 4:1 student to teacher ratio and opportunities to explore STEAM, movement, outdoor play, field trips, and community.
How-will-you-succeed: We know this program will succeed if we can continue to maintain our high quality of education and small classroom size while meeting the safety and sanitary needs required during the pandemic. We had to make budget cuts which will decrease our teaching staff to only two teachers per room and class sizes may be maxed at ten.
Teachers will continue to carry on our high level program while continuing to be a trauma informed environment. Our goal is that enrollment stays full and that classroom programs are not disrupted. Program funding will continue to be provided by individuals donors, grants, and fundraisers.
Who-are-you: Precious Lamb has been providing high quality early education at no cost to homeless children since 2002. As a private school, we maintain small class sizes in a nurturing environment that allows for constant contact with parents, and counseling, mentoring and scholarship programs to aid in their success. We aim to serve the whole family, and to break the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. We are fortunate to receive so much support from the community, including 80 sustained, monthly donors, over 100 businesses, several local foundations and churches, as well as interns from CSULB, volunteers from several High Schools, and a strong partnership with Leadership Long Beach.
Precious Lamb is known to be a refuge for our parents, a place where they don’t feel judged, but rather, known. Our entire staff is trained in trauma, and we have a social worker on staff, so that if a family ever needs anything, they have the opportunity to ask. During the Covid-19 pandemic, our organization has had the opportunity to respond immediately and continuously to the needs of those we serve. Families have received groceries, household supplies, meals, activity and craft kits, and virtual learning videos every single week. Not only has this relief effort helped our families immensely, it gives us the opportunity to connect in a real way during a time where many live in isolation. If we can continue to carry on our mission during a global shut down, we know we can carry it in during a recession or anything else thrown our way.