Washington, DC, September 15, 2015 – CentroNía is honored to be recognized as one of over 230 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education across the country by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The Initiative celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year – originally formed in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. As part of this milestone, the Initiative created the “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education” which are defined as programs, leaders, schools, organizations, partnerships, or models that address key education topics for Hispanics and are helping close the achievement gap from cradle to career. At today’s event, an online catalog was officially launched featuring Bright Spot from across the nation—focusing on five key areas: early learning, college access, STEM education, postsecondary completion, and Hispanic teacher recruitment.

Myrna Peralta welcomed the audience and accepted the recognition on behalf of the organization. She stated, “It is an honor to be named a “Bright Spot” in Hispanic Education – and in accepting this title we must also understand our commitment to continue working to create lasting improvements in the lives of economically vulnerable families in our community.”

Other local Bright Spot organizations include: Briya Public Charter School, Carlos Rosario School, College Track, Dream Project Inc., Edu-Futuro, Hispanic National Bar Foundation, KinderConnect Family Program, Latinas Leading Tomorrow, Latino Student Fund, MANA, A National Latina Organization, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), VALHEN, and Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) – Smithsonian.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, working throughout the country to help Hispanic communities reach their full potential,” said Alejandra Ceja. She also noted that today’s event marked the Initiative’s 25th anniversary and kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month.

To close the event, Ms. Rosalina Segovia shared her inspiring story as a young mother that was able to learn about parenting and child care through access to services at CentroNía. Through Bright Spots, Hispanic families are able to find the education, support, and community needed to grow and succeed in a nation where many challenges exist.

Visit the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics website to learn more about Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. You can also find or nominate a Bright Spot near you by visiting the online catalogue.