Meet Byanca

Home State AZ
Grade 1st

Byanca was born with Down syndrome and has issues with her speech. Her mother, Ramona Carrasco, wanted to send Byanca to a private school so she could have the special attention she needs. Ramona was concerned that her daughter would have difficulty adjusting to attending school, both academically and socially.

She turned to Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program for the help she needed to get Byanca into a great private school.

“I wanted Byanca to be around and hang out with kids that speak well because Byanca learns by imitation,” says Ramona. “During the first two months that she attended her new school, she started speaking more, and her words were clear in both English and Spanish.”

Ramona is very grateful that Arizona embraces school choice and that her child with special needs has various options through the ESA program.

“[The] ESA is an excellent program. I never thought I could have my daughter in a private school, but thanks to the ESA program, we now have that opportunity!”