» ¡Bienvenidos a Centro Comunitario de Educación!

216 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 973-7900

Welcome to Centro Comunitario de Educación a vibrant learning location of the College of Educational Studies where Chapman University faculty, students and community members engage in learning and working together.

Bienvenido a Centro Comunitario de Educación, un lugar de aprendizaje vibrante donde profesores y estudiantes de la Universidad de Chapman y miembros de la comunidad se juntan para aprender y trabajar juntos.

View information about our collaboration with Padres Unidos and our Paulo Freire Partnership.

Community Programs

The Centro Comunitario de Educación is a pre-kindergarten through adult learning center run by the Chapman University College of Educational Studies. The purpose of the Center is to promote literacy and education for the Santa Ana community and its surroundings. As a college of education, our faculty, students and staff are honored to be able to serve this community and develop partnerships with other agencies and organizations with a similar purpose.

+ - Parent Education Program

Parents from the Santa Ana community bring their children to the Centro Comunitario de Educación and participate in activities to build the parent’s capacity to help nourish and develop their abilities with the resources they possess at home.  Parents gain parenting skills including communication, health, discipline, and at-home readiness skills for their children (pre-literacy and pre-numeracy).  While the parents are learning in one part of the Centro, the children participate in preschool classroom experiences in another room.

+ - Reading Starts Early

The Reading Starts Early Program (RSE) was developed to support early childhood development for both the children of the Padres Unidos preschool program as well as for the preschool children from El Sol Science and Arts Academy. The program was conceived to provide much needed preschool experiences and support for the local children of Santa Ana and its vicinity, especially in the area of literacy development.

+ - Teen Mentoring

With the Teen Mentoring Program (TMP), we want to help build the mentor and mentee relationship to support mentees in career and college exploration.  The program also helps Chapman students to collaborate in civic engagement in Santa Ana and improve an aspect of the community in which they are interested.  The goal is to create a pipeline for future Chapman students and other Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) as well as a venue for students to consider their future careers and how to achieve their professional and personal goals.  

+ - Adult Classes

The Centro invites the community to become fluent and literate in English and Spanish. Classes are offered in collaboration with community institutions, agencies and groups, such as Santa Ana College (SAC), Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), and local poets and community groups, such as Las Comadres National Book Club.

Practical Spanish for Professionals: Every Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

+ - Literary Events and Arts Activities

The Centro Comunitario invites the community to be introduced to art and literature first-hand and be exposed to different cultures through monthly events, book signings and art presentations.

Librería Martínez de Chapman University Evolves: Will Become Chapman University Centro Comunitario de Educación

Chapman University’s College of Educational Studies (CES) has embarked on a transformation of its Librería Martínez de Chapman University in downtown Santa Ana to become an educational center that aligns strongly with the University’s mission and vision.

Facts and Figures

As of Spring 2016:

The Parent Education program has served 150 individuals

The Reading Starts Early program has served 127 children

The Teen Mentoring program has served 62 mentees

The Adult Classes have served 108 individuals

Location and Contact Information

Centro Comunitario de Educación
216 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Map and parking

For more information or questions about Centro call (714) 973-7900 or email centro@chapman.edu

For questions about programs at Centro Comunitario de Educación please contact Dr. Anaida Colon-Muniz, Director of Community Education Projects at acolon@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7076 or (714) 973-7900.