Bachman Lake Community School (BLCS) offers an approach to parent outreach and education incorporating Montessori principles. BLCS serves 140 recently arrived immigrant families on site in their apartment complex. Programmes include weekly home visits from bilingual parent educators, developmental screening, leadership training for community parent educators, field trips for families, as well as mental health, dental, and medical services for families.
Bachman Lake Community School (BLCS) is a parent education programme funded by grants from the Zero to Five Funders' Collaborative, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, and Early Head Start. It serves 140 children and their parents from pregnancy to age three.
Located in the heart of a high need neighborhood, the programme operates out of apartments in two large apartment complexes where many recent immigrant families live. BLCS offers an approach to parent outreach and education that incorporates Montessori principles and concepts.
The programme includes:
- Weekly home visits from bilingual parent educators to provide information about the child's development and help with parenting skills
- Periodic developmental screenings
- Group meetings, information sessions, and leadership training for parents
- Field trips and family activities
- Health, dental, and mental health services
Bachman Lake Community School is one of three institutions operated by East Dallas Community Schools. The school has an outstanding record of educating children from primarily low income families of diverse cultures for more than 30 years.
In a recent interview, the Bachman Lake Community School Executive Director, Terry Ford stated that "In the Bachman Lake neighborhood, less than half the entering freshman graduate as seniors in high school. Our experience in East Dallas documents that children who attend our Montessori programme through the third grade have increased high school graduation rates of 94%, with 88% of those graduates attending college."