INSPIRATION

Want to learn more about les crèches parentales en France, learning cooperatives in the States and immersion instruction?


Working Together: Is a Co-op Preschool Right for You? This article from Bay Area magazine Parents' Press gives a comprehensive look at how family learning communities can develop.

Des Parents dans les crèches, utopie ou réalité ?: Accueillir la diversité des enfants et des familles dans le réseau des crèches parentales par Marie-Laure Cadart Ceci est un temoignage de l'ACEPP, le reseau des crèches parentales dans les quartiers défavorisés.

 Académie Lafayette: A French language charter school in Kansas City, MO.

 International School of Indiana: a language immersion school where families choose French or Spanish as the language of instruction.

The Dream

La Crèche is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization founded in 2006 to advocate for early language learning, support bilingualism and provide high-quality French immersion opportunities for youth aged six months through six years. Although the term la crèche generally designates drop-off day care centers in England and France, La Crèche in St. Louis, MO, does not aim to be a day care center. We chose the term la crèche because of the attention that both traditional and progressive crèches pay to the overall development of infants and toddlers. We strive to be as mindful and comprehensive in our family programs.

In August 2007 the IRS approved our application for tax-exemption and declared La Crèche a charitable, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We thank the dedicated attorneys at Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt and the representatives of Volunteer Laywers and Accountants for the Arts for all of their help, encouragement and efforts on our behalf.

                                             


 


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photography by Dana Fontaine

 

La Crèche is the dream-child of Rhonda Broussard. Rhonda is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. She has taught French in public schools in New York City, Connecticut, California and St. Louis for 8 years and has earned National Board Certification, the most prestigious teaching credential in the United States. Rhonda completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Growing up in Louisiana Rhonda was inspired by the idea of the francophone world and has dedicated herself to continuing to explore the connections between francophone regions. As a result, in addition to learning French since childhood, she has studied and conducted research in metropolitan France, Cameroon and Martinique. Rhonda is currently Interim Executive Director of St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Inc., a nonprofit  that will open a network of language immersion elementary charter schools in St. Louis.  


Rhonda is committed to lifelong learning and identifying ways for families and children to learn together. Rhonda and her bilingual family live in St. Louis and use the One Parent One Language method.