Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but Moline bi-lingual child care center, Casa de Los Niños continues its celebration straight into November.
Casa de Los Niños, in collaboration with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport IA, will have Catrinas, Mexican themed skeletons, on display for the Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Fiesta on Sunday, November 1st from Noon to 5pm along with activities free to the community to help celebrate the Hispanic culture. Being one of the few bi-lingual child care centers in the Quad Cities, Casa de Los Niño’s Center Director, Benita Perez-DeLoach explains that their doors are open to everyone in the area. “A lot of people think that only those who speak Spanish can come here,” said Perez-DeLoach. “But anyone is welcome.” And Casa de Los Niños has gotten somewhat of a makeover in the last few months as well and held its first fundraiser at the beginning of October, a loteria (Mexican Bingo) night to try and raise money for the center. With donations from local businesses, the night was a success as families and friends gathered together for a good cause. In a culture where the population is quickly going into one that is majorly mixed, Casa de Los Niños sets themselves apart from the rest because of their multi-cultured atmosphere. “It’s good for kids who don’t speak English at all to feel comfortable to speak Spanish around other kids that are the same as them,” explained Perez-DeLoach. “And it helps those who only speak English to learn another language as well.”
For more information and to enroll at Case de Los Niños, 1401 16th Street, Moline, IL, call 309-517-1123 and for more info on the Day of the Dead event at The Figge Art Museum visit, www.figgeartmuseum.org or call 563-326-7804.