ERU established a public benefit educational bilingual Spanish radio station KERU fm in 1982. The radio was established to give a voice to the underserved local community and to educate them on pertinent issues relevant to the health and well being of the family in the surrounding communities including emergency instruction. The radio has its own generator for emergency broadcasting. KERU seeks underwritings for a continuum of programming and broadcast. It is an affiliate with Radio Bilingue National Latino Public Radio Network.
Music classes and tutorials are of the different instruments that pertain to a mariachi ensemble. The folkloric dances are to complement the music and it origins. Being in an isolated rural community geographically isolated by 100 miles, the children are deprived of mariachi instruments and sounds. Most instruments are that of orchestral therefore are not instruments that are heard through a traditional school band.
Being reflective of the community needs, ERU provides fun and safe educational environments. Through quality programs the children of ages 6 months to 5 years of age and after school care up to age 12. The curriculum is child directed, child initiated and teacher facilitated play. Children 5and under have restful naps, age appropriate nutritious meals cooked on site by a qualified cook approved by the Child and Adult Food program, a physical environment that is conducive to learning. It has well designed classrooms indoors and outdoors with age appropriate activities. There are three sites. The staff is professionally trained with Child Development Permits through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Services are for subsidized and non-subsidized care. The early childhood program follows the California Education Code title 5 and the Community Care Licensing regulations.
Escuela De La Raza Unida established itself with its first classroom in 1972. Through the years it has changed to be receptive to the needs of the community and the families it serves. It has learned that in order for a child to succeed the child must have a sense of belong their family must be healthy and economically secured. Through resource and referral connections ERU sees the family through tough obstacles and guides them through it. Whether it is learning English, interpreting translating or filling out forms, through academic classes, tutoring and counseling, finding housing, food or a place to cool off in the hot summer with snacks , ERU provides the service. When funding permits there is summer work experience for youth to become productive citizens. ERU has an apprentice program for 11th and 12th grade low-income students. Through advocacy ERU meets the needs of the intellectual disabled community. It provides trainings in special education rights, guidance in Individual Education Plans and Individual Family Service Plans and self advocacy.
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