We desire to be a
tangible support system for young children

 

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Why
We Exist

 

Every day in Long Beach there are children facing uncertainty. Homelessness, food insecurity, and lack of transportation, among other concerns, create an unstable environment for young children making the ability to thrive very challenging. Precious Lamb seeks to be the first stop for these children on their way to education and breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty in their family. Our goals are to educate, support and enrich them in their daily lives. Precious Lamb Preschool is available free of charge to children living in shelters and rehabilitation programs in the greater Long Beach area.

For founder Sharalyn Croft Precious Lamb Preschool was a dream long before it opened its doors in 2002. After working in private preschools for some time, noticing the quality care and low child-to-teacher ratio, she asked herself, “Why isn't this available for at-risk families?” She began to develop a school with all the advantages of a top private school, but without the cost. She soon learned that in the local homeless shelters, there was a serious need for just her kind of program. That’s when Sharalyn knew the school wasn’t just her dream, it was a Godsend for many families. She knew it must be opened exclusively to families living in shelters. Precious Lamb began looking for a home in 1999, and after many doors were shut to a school accepting homeless families, a large church downtown answered our call and welcomed us in. Since 2002, Precious Lamb has served hundreds of Long Beach families.

 
 

1999

Precious Lamb Preschool was founded. We began serving students in January 2002.

 

550

Children experiencing homelessness have received full time, free preschool.

$0.80

of every dollar donated is spent directly on programs.

1:4 ratio

One teacher for every four students, plus a dedicated classroom volunteer.

 
 

Our Impact

  • We are a trauma-informed environment. Our teaching and support staff is trained in spotting signs of trauma, the nuanced curriculum children facing trauma require, and resources available for parents.

  • We partner with 20 local shelters, programs, and drug/alcohol treatment centers to refer eligible families into our programs. Parents receiving treatment for abuse, counseling, schooling or job training that has the opportunity to improve their families’ lives may enroll their children into Precious Lamb- FULL TIME. Absolutely NO COSTS. Our school is designed to allow the parent to attend the programs they need to during the day while their child is cared for.

  • Our focus is to provide high quality early education in a nurturing, whole-family approach

  • 67% of students with educational developmental delays show major improvement.

  • 80% of students with social-emotional developmental delays show major improvement.

  • 90% of our preschool graduates demonstrate kindergarten readiness

  • We partner and collaborate with many entities throughout the city, including the Multi-Service Center, the Guidance Center, ChildNet, LBUSD, CSULB, other preschools for at-risk students, churches and private schools and many more to promote Continuum of Care with a far reaching scope.

 

Our Mission and Vision

 

Breaking the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time.

Through early education that promotes faith building and school readiness we seek to foster permanent positive change in our families.

We want to be a tangible support system for young children and families dealing with crisis. Through nurturing, education and support, we help to bring restoration, stability and empowerment.

 
 

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