Events: November 2022

November 20-December 20: Christmas Tree Sale

Support the children, youth, families and seniors in our 43 programs and services by purchasing a fresh organic Christmas tree during our Annual Christmas Tree Sale!

We are pleased to be able to safely offer high quality, locally sourced fresh organic Christmas trees for purchase. Proceeds benefit our all our vital programs and services, which have sustained. You do not need to sign-up for a timeslot to purchase a tree. 

Dates: November 20 through December 20, 2022 (or while supplies last) Monday-Friday 3:00-7:00 PM and Saturday-Sunday 10:00-6:00 PM

Location: El Centro de la Raza’s North Parking Lot, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Learn more here: https://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/christmas-tree-sale/

November 1-January 15: Washington Health Plan Open Enrollment: 

It’s time to turn the page in your health care story. We can help you write your next chapter. Open enrollment, the time of year when Washingtonians can enroll in a health or dental plan through the state’s insurance marketplace, is here from Nov. 1 through Jan. 15. Washington Healthplanfinder has the tools to help you navigate health coverage and find new health plan options like Cascade Care. These plans cover primary care visits, mental health services, and generic drugs all before meeting a deductible. Start your next chapter off right by enrolling in your 2023 health plan at WAHealthplanfinder.org.

Enroll here: https://wahealthplanfinder.org/

Staff Corner: Mari Rico Promotion to Director of Cedar Crossing JMCDC

We are excited to announce that long time El Centro de la Raza teacher Mari Rico was promoted to Director of our new Jose Marti Child Development Center at Cedar Crossing! This year marks Mari’s 25th year with us! The new 6,443 SF multi-cultural, bilingual affordable child development center will serve 68 children at Cedar Crossing. Congratulations to Mari for this well deserved honor!


While working full-time, Mari obtained her Child Developmental Associate’s (CDA) degree at Seattle Central Community College, and her Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences (AAAS) with a specialization in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at Shoreline Community College. She then completed a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Education from the Praxis Institute, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master’s Degree from Goddard College.

Under Mari’s supervision, the Luis Alfonso Velásquez Afterschool Program achieved accreditation from the National Afterschool Association in 2008. In 2018, School’s Out Washington recognized Mari with its Champion Award. As a STARS state-approved trainer and Early Childhood Education coach, she also trains other teachers in the field.

When asked how she manages to teach and find time to learn, innovate, and contribute to her field, she said it makes her job easier. Teaching as a profession is constantly evolving; everything from toys to technology is continually changing, and staying ahead of the curve is important to meet students where they are.