Glades Family Education

Serves adults and children from the Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay area.  Adults learn English while improving their reading and writing skills.  A preschool class operates for the young children of our adult students.

Community Impact

  • 98 adult students and 18 children were served
  • 85 percent of adult students tested made significant gains in one or more tested skills (Reading, Listening and Speaking)
  • 100 percent of the preschool children demonstrated improvement in their language, cognitive and early reading skills


Rosy had been a nurse technician in Mexico, but with limited English she took a job as a cashier in the U.S. She was bullied and taken advantage of because she didn’t speak English.

In 2011, her husband lost his job and was unable to find work. He began a food distribution business and needed help with the legal, logistic and administrative aspects of the business. Rosy had learned some English, but knew she needed to improve her language skills to help her family.

The Glades Family Education program was the perfect school because her son Dylan could attend preschool at the program as well. He has excelled academically and is now able to speak English, read simple words and understand mathematical concepts. Dylan can now be successful when he goes to kindergarten.

Rosy said, “I am so thankful we were able to enroll in this school. What we have obtained is something that no one will ever be able to take away from us.” She appreciates the time the teachers dedicated to helping her and her son-not to just learn a language, but also to learn many other skills as a parent, a member of the community and as a business person.