On Friday we stopped by the Educational Alliance to check in on their multi-generational Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. Many of the kids enrolled in the organization’s early-childhood programs (such as Head Start) were there. But there were also people in attendance from the Whittaker Senior. There was traditional Chinese dance, calligraphy, lantern making and lots of food and music.
I spoke with Stacey Li, the Educational Alliance’s Director of Social Services. She said the event was intended to bring many of the rich cultural traditions of their clients together. 80-percent of the children served in the programs she oversees are Chinese. Li told me the early-childhood programs are an important resource for parents – many of them new immigrants – who often feel the pressure to send their children back to China because they cannot pay child care costs.