The Arsht-Cannon Fund
supports education

  • Language Learning and Family Literacy
  • Pre-K through College Preparation and Career Planning
  • Arts and Culture Education
  • Health Supports to Learning
  • Educational Advocacy
  • Community Collaborative Partnerships

Language Learning and Family Literacy

Since 2008, a variety of language learning and literacy programs have been funded. These have included ELL, ESL as well as Family (2-generational) and Spanish literacy programs.

  • Sussex Tech and Polytech Adult Education – Family Literacy programs
  • ESL@LCOS Family Literacy
  • Literacy Delaware ESL and PLEAS program
  • Latin American Community Center – adult-focused
  • New Castle County Libraries – Word Wise Communication Circles; Spanish literacy

Benefits of
Language Learning

  • Immigrant integration; citizenship opportunities
  • Continuing basic education; earn GED; post-secondary education
  • Workforce training, employment and career advancement
  • Improved wages and economic security; move out of poverty
  • Support for children’s learning and school achievement
  • Development of bilingual abilities and celebration of cultural heritage
  • Improved health, access to care and resources
  • Contributions to Delaware’s workforce, economy and quality of life

Pre-K through College Prep & Career Planning

K-3rd Grade Reading Support

  • BrightSTART! Nemours Children’s Health
  • Primeros Pasos – Dual-language Learning Program
  • Reading Assist – Reading Corps
  • Delaware Readiness Teams – Rodel Foundation

College Access

  • Teen SHARP
  • College Ambassador Program
  • Delaware Goes to College Academy
  • Leading Youth Through Empowerment –LYTE
  • Nativity Prep School of Wilmington

After-School and Summer Programs

  • La Casita – First State Community Action
  • 21st Century Fund/ Sussex Tech after-school program – Bridgeville K-6
  • Del-Mar-Va Council BSA – Hispanic Outreach
  • FAME (Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering) (grades 4-6)
  • Urban Promise Wilmington
  • Summer Learning Collaborative

Arts and Cultural Education

  • Wilmington Ballet Academy of Dance
  • Opera Delaware
  • Delaware Art Museum
  • Delaware Theater Company
  • The Delaware Contemporary
  • Hispanic Heritage Days – Library celebrations

Health Supports to Learning

  • ChristianaCare -Promotoras for Healthy Families
  • Vision to Learn
  • Bilingual Mental Health Care:
    • The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s
    • NAMI-DE
    • Latin American Community Center
    • La Red Healthcare
    • Sussex County Health Coalition – School-based mental health care

Educational Advocacy Insuring our Future

Educational Advocacy and Equity Involves:

  • Latino family engagement through awareness and community organizing
  • Funding and policy changes
  • Recruiting and educating bilingual teachers, counselors and school leaders
  • Increasing public awareness of ELL student statistics (including descriptive and outcomes)
  • Linking education to the multiple benefits to employment, economics, health - improved life quality for all Delawareans

Our Investments of Work and Funds in:

  • Delaware CAN (Campaign for Achievement Now)
  • Funding and policy changes
  • Delaware Hispanic Commission
  • Education Equity Delaware
  • UnidosUS
  • The Education Trust

Community Collaboration Partnerships

La Colectiva de Delaware

Envisions an empowered, trusting and connected Latino community. Inspires, advances, and facilitates collaboration among community partners to create programs that improve the lives of Latino families in Southern Delaware.

Sustainable impact demands.

  • Community engagement
  • Research- and knowledge-based approaches
  • Trusting relationships between partners
  • Education Equity Delaware
  • Education and leadership

La Colectiva de Delaware relies on…

Started by ACF, La Esperanza, Matt Haley Trust Fund and is based on:

  • Belief and trust in collaboration and collective impact
  • Engagement of Latinx community and its leaders and supporting nonprofits and government agencies
  • Funding for leadership and communications support, design and pilots (initially provided by ACF, La Esperanza and Matt Haley Trust)
  • Research on local community (“Perspectives on the Latino Population in Sussex County DE”) and national best practices