By exploring this part of our website, you will find resources that have been translated in Spanish and Russian to best help our multi-lingual families. You will also find some other excellent resources that we hope are helpful!
One important activity to do prior to kindergarten is to read to your child in his/her native language. Although it is important for your child to develop fluency in English, it is also extremely important for him/her, especially during formative years of development, to read and speak in their native language.
Below are two excellent resources that focus on this topic. Fostering multi-lingual development and supporting multi-lingual abilities is essential to your child’s growth.
English as a Second Language at MASD
Translated Readiness Resources
Pittsburgh Area Agencies and Non-Profits
“In accordance with federal law and state regulations, the Moon Area School District must identify all students who are English Learners (ELs). These students typically have a primary language other than English that is used in their homes. Students identified as ELs are eligible for English Language Development services to help them attain proficient skills in their use of the written and spoken English language. All students must have a Home Language Survey completed by their parents prior to admission into the school district. This survey allows the Moon Area School District to identify possible ELs. The ELD teacher will screen any student identified as possibly having a limited English proficiency and will provide direct services to students based on their level of need. Parents or guardians who feel their child may have a limited English proficiency should contact Mr. Michael A. Haslett, Director of Pupil Services, at 412-264-9440 (ext. 1114) for more information.”
ESL K-12 Program Specialists
Mrs. Nichole Rojas
Se habla español.
Mrs. Keri Coulter
Ms. Erin Barszcz
Se habla español
Ms. Shannon Rodriguez
Se habla español
Recipes for Readiness (PA Document - English)
Allegheny County Health Department
"Our mission is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable. We strive daily to assure quality public health services to more than 1.2 million county residents. In September of 2017, we became a nationally accredited public health department.” http://www.alleghenycounty.us/healthdepartment/index.aspx
Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC)
“Immigrant Services & Connections (ISAC) arose out of a needs assessment showing that immigrants with limited English proficiency and/or cultural barriers have trouble accessing services they are entitled to in our region...Our program client services include information & referrals (with interpretation when needed), service coordination (with interpretation when needed) to assess needs and connect clients to a full range of community connections, and bilingual navigation. Bilingual community workers provide ISAC clients with hands-on short-term assistance to help them learn to access services so clients become more independent.”
Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) Pittsburgh
“For 80 years, Jewish Family and Community Services has been the safety net for individuals and families in the Greater Pittsburgh community. Since its inception, the focus of JFCS has been to support our community members through all of life's changes and challenges, offering programs and services for every stage of life and constantly evaluating and innovating services based on changing times and changing needs.”
Latino Community Center
“The Latino Community Center (LCC) believes that in order to have a vibrant and diverse workforce, a healthy society, and a thriving community, it starts with ensuring our community feels safe, integrated, and welcomed in their neighborhoods. The Latino Community in Allegheny County has been relatively small, but growing. From the year 2000 to 2010 our community grew by 71% according to the US Census. Since 2010-2015 it continued to grow by 28.2%. At the LCC, we are excited to ensure our Youth are aware that they can achieve their dreams, and ensure they can see and access the pathway that will get them there. We are excited to support members from our community to solve the barriers our community is facing. We are excited to support Allegheny County services and programs in guiding them on how to better understand and engage with the growing Latino community. We are excited to build a strong foundation for an organization that will strive to stay responsive to the needs of our community.”
Latino Family Center
“Nosotros aumentamos oportunidades de educación por responder a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad con tecnología, alta calidad, y programas y servicios accesibles.
We Maximize educational opportunities for all Latino learners by responding to the needs of our community with leading-edge, high-quality, cost-effective programs and services.”
Squirrel Hill Health Center
“The Squirrel Hill Health Center is a comprehensive primary healthcare center established in 2006. SHHC provides the highest quality care to everyone in our community, regardless of their income level or insurance status. We serve everyone seeking the best care available with a special concern for their religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural background, language spoken, age, sex, and disability status. Our multi-lingual staff provides primary and preventive medical care for patients of all ages, mental and behavioral health services, dental care, and case management. We also have on-site lab services and for uninsured patients provide access to low cost medications.”
“Through one-to-one tutoring and small class settings, we offer a safe and supportive environment for adults to acquire reading, writing and math skills, prepare for high school equivalency exams, and gain skills to transition to jobs or college. We teach English as a second language to immigrants and refugees, and we connect them to the support services they need to feel welcome in our community. In our family literacy program, we help children develop language and literacy skills with the support of their caregivers, who also have the opportunity to improve their own skills. Our programs have a significant economic impact on the region by taking students from learning to earning and helping them gain economic self-sufficiency. Our students become better parents, workers, and citizens.”