Batey Libertad Learning Center

Learning Center Classes
Yspaniola provides classes in Spanish language literacy to students ages 4 to 15 in Batey Libertad. With one Director of Community Education Programs, five full- and part-time teachers, and five teaching assistants from the Batey, our Learning Center serves more than 140 students and young adults from the community. Students are grouped into 9 different classes according to age and ability. Our curriculum helps students in the Batey develop literacy skills not acquired in public school—like phonics and reading strategies—where the quality of instruction is poor and students often complete primary school unable to read at a basic level. Although our primary focus is on Spanish language instruction, Yspaniola also strives to create a healthy environment for child development by fostering skills related to reading comprehension, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and problem solving. Yspaniola places special emphasis on individualized attention, and we regularly assess the abilities and progress of each of our students. We employ a variety of tested methods to gauge learning outcomes, including:
  1. Customized phonics evaluations
  2. The annual Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA).
  3. The Reading A to Z System, which enables us to track student progress over time


Learning Center Library
Each week, Yspaniola hosts open reading hours in the Learning Center library. Students and members of the community are able to choose from a growing selection of books (we would always like more) that they can either read in the Center or check out for the week to read at home.

The Food Program
In Fall 2015, Yspaniola began a fully operational Food Program, providing healthy snacks to Learning Center students to support their learning and incentivize class attendance. This was in response to a perceived need in Batey Libertad, where many families struggle to provide their children with adequate nutrition. Now, in the 2016-2017 academic year, students who attend the Learning Center receive snacks such as hardboiled eggs, sandwiches, bananas and water before their classes.

Meet our Students!
We invite you to meet some of the students at our Learning Center by reading their profiles below!

Meet the Teaching Assistants!


"I teach at the Learning Center because I want to be a teacher in the future, and this is a great learning experience."
Yolina Desrivieres, 18 years old

“I’ve learned that controlling a child is not about using force, rather, it’s about understanding what he or she thinks and feels, and then acting accordingly… It’s impressive how a student’s behavior changes when this is done.”
Daniel Joseph, 15 years old

"I like to teach and see how the students learn from us. It’s good that we’re here, so that we can make a better future for our community.”
Andreina Ortiz, 17 years old

“I'm working here because I want to be a teacher in Batey Libertad in the future, either in the public school or the Learning Center.”
Rosa Linda, 18 years old

Meet the Food Program Assistants!


“I have been working here since last May. I do it to help support my family.” Maria has two children who attend the center.
Maria Charles

"I work in the Food Program to help my community."
Wadson Brasoban

"Yspaniola is very important to me because it is an organization that helps children learn. By working here I get money to pay for my schooling, and experience preparing food. In the future I hope to help with its progress and the progress of the students."
Ariston Joseph