He started CAIRO Academy, a preschool where kids feel at home and where parents learn how to engage with local public schools. The results have been profound.
For families, being able to speak Somali in the classroom, communicate easily with teachers and trust that cultural food restrictions will be honored, takes much of the stress out of the first school experience. That means kids can focus on learning and be ready for the first day of kindergarten.
Our United Impact
You make it possible for us to:
- Engage culturally specific and culturally responsive organizations to give kids the right support at the right time, from preschool to graduation
- Create high-quality preschools and align early learning efforts in Multnomah and Washington counties so kids are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond
- Lead our region’s largest high school graduation initiative in two Oregon school districts, using research and a data-driven approach to transform how schools support students of color