Lumin Bachman Lake Community School (BLCS) offers an approach to parent outreach and education incorporating Montessori principles. Lumin BLCS serves 200 recently arrived immigrant families on site in their apartment complex. Programmes include weekly or biweekly 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.

Lumin Bachman Lake Community School (BLCS) is a parent education programme funded by grants from United Way, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, MIECHV, and Early Head Start. It serves 200 children and their parents from pregnancy to age five.

Located in the heart of a high need neighborhood, the programme originally operated out of apartments in two large apartment complexes where many recent immigrant families live. Since May 2016, Lumin BLCS, through an in kind donation of facilities from the 0 to 5 Funders Collaborative, partnered with other agencies serving families in the same area and has relocated to a common family center in the neighborhood called Bachman Lake Together. Lumin BLCS offers an approach to parent outreach and education that incorporates Montessori principles and concepts.

The programme includes:

  • Weekly or biweekly 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

Lumin Bachman Lake Community School is one of four institutions operated by Lumin Education. The school has an outstanding record of educating children from primarily low income families of diverse cultures for almost 40 years.

In a recent interview, the Lumin Educaton 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."

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