Denise Louie Education Center
In order to promote success in school and community, Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) provides quality, multi-cultural early childhood education services to children and their families. They will respect and preserve each child’s individuality, cultural heritage and home language. They will promote personal and social responsibility with integrity and love in a non-sexist, non-violent, and non-racist environment. SVP has funded DLEC since 2010.
Total Giving: $140,000
— Janice Deguchi, Executive Director
Strengthening Denise Louie: Recent Capacity Building Projects
- Leadership Development: Provided coaching and advising for the Executive Director and Program Directors. (SVP Partners Craig Bruya and Pam Robbins, Plus Paid Consultants)
- Board Development: Assessed current board effectiveness, developed and implemented strategies to increase board’s awareness of its strengths, obstacles, and potential (Paid Consultants).
- Human Resources: Developed a Human Resources Plan that addresses staff recruitment, onboarding, training and development, performance planning, race/social justice, staff wellness and rewards. (SVP Partner Susan Bloch and Volunteer Pragya Madan)
- Staff Development: Provided access to peer learning groups for the Executive Director, finance and development staff (Paid Consultant), as well as teambuilding consultants (SVP Partners Rick Beaton and Linda Wagner)
More About Denise Louie Education Center...
"If you see a gun, don't touch it, even to throw it in the garbage. Run and tell an adult in your house. It's their job to keep you safe." Looking through my camera at the circle of rapt 4-year-olds at Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) on Beacon Hill, I realized yet again how much we ask of our preschools.
With most volunteer opportunities, you go in, do your thing, and leave. Although you help the organization in some small, or even big, way, you don’t create any real connections. And those connections – an “MVO” (Meaningful Volunteer Opportunity) – are what I was looking for when I decided to become a Lead Partner for Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC).
What motivates a person toward selfless action? In their quest for answers, ParentMap found several outstanding individuals who have made a significant change in the lives of families and children residing in Washington State - and three of them are SVP Partners! In Part I of this series, meet the Advocate: Janice Deguchi, Executive Director of the Denise Louie Education Center.
Alan is sitting with his mom, ready for our first visit. He’s 9 months old. As the hour passes, I notice that there’s none of the usual shuffling or wanting to get up and play, like most children his age. He has challenges with his motor skills and I start to recognize a developmental delay.