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Creator: Escuelita Agueybana Day Care Centers.
Title:Escuelita Agueybana Day Care Centers records
Dates:1978-1996
Call Number:M116
Location:60/1, 60/4
Volume:5.15 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The Escuelita Agueybana (Escuelita) collection documents the first bilingual day care center in Massachusetts to serve primarily Hispanic children and their families. The records date from 1978 through 1996 and cover research topics, such as bilingual and multicultural education, Head Start programs, Hispanic American child day care, and child nutrition and health. The records specifically document the centers' curriculum development, services for children and families, parental involvement in establishing center policies, and efforts to comply with federal and state child day care regulations. This collection includes the records of the executive directors; agendas and minutes of the Board of Directors, Parents Policy Council, and Health Services Advisory Council meetings; proposed merger plans with IBA; federal and state child day care agency correspondence; and progress, transition, and status reports. Also included are minutes and reports of program directors meetings, staff meeting minutes, newsletters, proposals, grants, and contracts. The records are mostly in English with some Spanish interspersed.
Historical Abstract:In 1976, a group of parents living in Villa Victoria in the South End met to discuss the need for day care in their neighborhood. These parents, who were in the process of becoming economically self-sufficient, established Escuelita Agueybana, the first bilingual day care center in Massachusetts to serve primarily Hispanic children and their families. With funding from the City of Boston Public Welfare Department and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) acting as its fiscal agent, the center opened its doors on West Dedham Street in 1978. Escuelita was a Head Start program, a national program that provided comprehensive educational services to low income preschool children and their families. Incorporated in 1981, Escuelita opened another center in Dorchester in 1985. From 1993 through 1996, Escuelita experienced a succession of interim directors, and received several compliance violations from federal and state funding agencies, and the United Way. Beginning in 1994, Escuelita started restructuring and discussing the possibility of merging with IBA. The Board of Directors voted to merge with IBA in 1995; however, the loss of funding and the inability to hire a permanent executive director caused the Board of Directors to vote to close both centers in 1996 before the merger was completed.
Arrangement:Organized into 6 series: 1. Governance; 2. Administration; 3. Executive Directors; 4. Program Components; 5. Grants and Contracts; and 6. Photographic Material.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Cornier, Agnes-Tamara
  • Fisher, Louis
  • Levine, Mark
  • Rosa, Marta
  • Sariol, Lourdes

  • Escuelita Agueybana Day Care Centers
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children, Youth and Families

  • Education, Bilingual -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History
  • Head Start programs -- United States
  • Multicultural education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Hispanic American children -- Services for -- United States
  • Day care centers -- United States
  • Children -- nutrition
  • Health promotion

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (M111)

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, with the assistance of Zachary Enright and Megan Cox, July 2006. This collection was processed with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.