First ever bilingual playschool in Alamance County opens

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- With the growing Hispanic population in Alamance County, one group is taking another step to ease communication between English and Spanish speakers.

The Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington just opened a bilingual playschool for children ages 2 through 4. Organizers say it's the first-ever bilingual playschool in Alamance County.

"For any nationality, any culture, if you want to learn Spanish and English, this is the place to be," said teacher Eva Green Baysmore.

The class is geared toward English and Spanish speakers alike, each wanting to learn the other's language.

"I think it's important because at this age kids are sponges," Baysmore said. "It's best to give them as much knowledge as they can at an early age. And Spanish is becoming more and more important."

The latest census data, from 2010, states that 16.1 percent of the population in Burlington is Hispanic.

City entities have initiated other measures to cater to Spanish speakers, like teaching 911 dispatch operators basic Spanish, and creating an all-Spanish Burlington Police Facebook page.

Alamance-Burlington School System said it has bilingual and full-immersion Spanish classes for kindergarten through middle school.

For more information on the Holy Comforter Playschool, call the church at (336) 227-0939.