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Giving Kids a Strong Start

No two kids learn the same way, and every family and community deserves high quality public education. That’s why, in 1999, the leaders of the Pueblo Nuevo Education and Development Group together with residents from the MacArthur Park community created Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA), a school built on the belief that every student should have the chance to go to a great school that puts their needs first, regardless of zip code, income, or ability level.
 
Today, eight CNCA schools are educating 3,600 students from early childhood through high school and proving that all children can learn and achieve when held to high expectations, exposed to rigorous and relevant learning experiences, and when given targeted intervention and support in a safe and welcoming environment.
 
At the Early Childhood Campus, we give 4-year-olds a free, high quality preschool education in English and Spanish. Our program recognizes the uniqueness of each child and supports different ways of learning by emphasizing social development and encouraging children to explore, experiment, take risks, and assume responsibility. Self-expression and creativity are constantly promoted. Active play and guided learning introduce literacy and critical thinking skills. Students receive art instruction and have outdoor playtime in a playground complete with trees, a tricycle track and dance chimes.
 
We are proud to earn our accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which sets professional standards for early childhood education programs and helps families identify high-quality programs for their young children. In addition, our classrooms achieved a 5-star quality rating from the Los Angeles Universal Preschool Program, which is the highest distinction that a classroom can receive.
 
Educational and economic inequities persist in our communities, but our resolve to reverse these disparities and change the trajectory of students' lives is stronger than ever. Join us in helping our students achieve their college and career dreams by becoming a mentor to our students, volunteering at our schools, or making an investment in our work. If you're a parent looking for a great school, apply today. We're free, public schools open to all students.
 
I invite you to return to our website regularly and follow us on social media to learn more about our community.
 
 
 
Alicia Garcia
Associate Director

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News

Gracias For 18 Years: Message from Ana Ponce, CEO

After 18 years as a leader at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Ana Ponce will step down from her role as CEO and become the new Executive Director of Great Public Schools Now, effective February 1. Read her full message.

How to Help Fire Victims in California

From the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks to the devastating wildfires in northern and southern California, the past two weeks have brought so much anguish and sorrow to our communities. Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims of these tragedies, children and families that have suffered unimaginable losses. Click the headline for ways that you can help.

Now Enrolling New Students Online

Starting Oct. 1 through Jan. 13, you can apply to any of our schools online. Go to www.ApplyLA.org to get started today! If you need support, call ApplyLA at (877) 877-5057