Casa de los Ninos Opens in Davenport

October  03, 2013

A new center in Davenport aims to prepare children for kindergarten. Today (Thurs) Casa Quad Cities will hold an open house and ribbon cutting for its new Casa de los Ninos (Neen-yohs) in Davenport.

Casa de los Ninos director, Trinity Engler, says the building opened in August following the success of a similar pre-school program in Moline.

"We want to help everybody in the community," said Engler. "We try to help out the Latino children, because they continue to lag and be behind in school readiness. So we really want to reach out and help those families. And we want those families to have a place to be where they feel comfortable. Where they could communicate with staff in their language."

Engler says currently 16 children are enrolled at the center. She hopes that number grows after local parents meet the teachers and see the building this afternoon.

"Three year olds will do more socialization," said Engler. "And getting ready for learning how to hold a pencil, how to cut, letter recognition, number recognition. And as you move to the four year olds, that's when you're really preparing them for kindergarten. So that becomes a little bit more of an academic."

The ribbon cutting for the new Casa de los Ninos in Davenport at 1116 West Sixth Street, in the former Holy Trinity School, will be held at 3:30 Thursday afternoon. Tours of the facility will be held until 6 pm. 

The Casa de los Ninos in Davenport is open to all children in the Quad Cities ages three to five years old.