Ta Håtsa I Tinigo’ Åntigu
In 2010 with a dream in mind to increase fluent Chamorro speakers, volunteer parents from Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF) created and launched the first Chamorro Language Program in California through advocacy for Early Childhood Education called “Ta Hita – Ta Håtsa I Tinigo’ Åntigu – To uplift the ancient knowledge.
While working on a community advocacy project with the Asian Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN) and supported by California Community Foundation (CCF), parents were learning how to advocate for Early Childhood Education (ECE) in California and how to engage education/local/state officials and key decision makers in the importance in our Pacific Island community. Their goals exceeded APIsCAN expectations and decided to take the project to another level. The KCF ECE committee began researching, creating and developing a curriculum for the youngest participants in KCF and their families. With the help of Señot Keith Castro, Señot Tony Lizama and Señora Heidi Quenga, the curriculum was created for a Primary Class for ages 2-11 and a Secondary and adult class for ages 12 and up.
This FREE Chamorro language program is an 8-10 week program conducted every Sunday at Homeland Cultural Center, 1321 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA from 2-4pm between March – May and October – December annually.
To register for classes, email info@KutturanChamoru.org or call 562-972-0969.
Benefits of Early Childhood Education
Pacific Islanders Lagging Behind in Higher Education Attainment – “In an economy that increasingly requires a college education to be successful in the labor market, Pacific Islanders have fallen behind and current admissions patterns will perpetuate this problem.”*
- Better Learning Benefits – Early childhood education gives most children a jump-start on education for their kindergarten and elementary years.
- Economic Benefits – Thanks to early childhood education, children are able to grow up with a head start on education, giving them a better chance in life. Children who receive early childhood education may do better in school, finish more school and in turn get better jobs.
- Social Benefits – Children who attend early childhood education programs have the benefit of relating to other students, which can increase their social skills.**
Sponsored by: California Community Foundation