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If you have driven through the alley behind Hemenway Church in southeastern Evanston, chances are you have seen a diverse group of happily engaged children on our playground, which is nestled among the plants and flowers behind Hemenway Church. These energetic little folks are our best ambassadors—a symbol of what our not-for-profit preschool is all about. Those children are immersed in an authentic cross-cultural environment—learning from each other even as they develop important emotional and intellectual skills.

Puerta Abierta is proud to have offered this experience to preschoolers since 19XX. Classes at Puerta Abierta are taught in a mixture of Spanish and English. Half of the children in our school are native Spanish speakers; the other half are English dominant. Together, the children work to acquire a second language at an early age. They learn together and from each other in an atmosphere that values each child’s culture as well as each child’s individual skill set.