CHICAGO—The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has selected El Valor for inclusion in a national online catalog highlighting organizations—known as Bright Spots—that invest in education for Hispanic communities. Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative, made the announcement on September 15, 2015. “There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.

“On behalf of the City of Chicago, we are very proud of El Valor’s selection by the White House as a Bright Spot. We are fortunate to have a nationally recognized partner in El Valor that shares our commitment to children and families in Chicago,” said Vanessa Rich, Deputy Commissioner of Children’s Services for the City of Chicago and Chair of the National Head Start Association Board of Directors.

Nearly one in four students in U.S. public schools today is a Hispanic youth. “Ensuring our children have the education, resources, and confidence to achieve their dreams is a moral imperative, and it directly affects our country’s success as these students enter the workforce and become community leaders,” said El Valor President Rey Gonzalez. “As the only Head Start provider from Chicago selected for this honor, we are grateful that our hard work has been recognized.”

View El Valor’s profile and the profiles of other Bright Spots around the country on the U.S. Department of Education’s website: www.ed.gov/hispanicinitiative.