By Tim Kowols
As dual-language programs grow nationwide, the Northern Door Children’s Center is wasting no time introducing their students to a different language. Kids as young as three years old are beginning to learn Spanish at the Sister Bay-based child care facility within its pre-scholar program. For the last seven years, Karen Corekin from the Northern Door Children’s Center says teachers and native speakers like Lillianna Orozco have helped prepare students for when they head to Gibraltar Schools where Spanish coursework begins in Kindergarten.
According to DualLanguageSchools.org, 13 schools statewide have dual language programs where Spanish-speaking children can ease into English while the other students can learn a different language beginning as young as pre-school.