Continued family engagement is important throughout the school years. Longitudinal studies of low-income children show that high family involvement offsets the risks of children growing up in low-income households and in households with low parent education.
Family engagement is about building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and their children. This partnership between parents and child development staff is fundamental to children’s current and future success and their readiness for school.
Our family partnership process assists families in identifying strengths, goals, needed services, and support resources by promoting the strengthening of families. We also offer support services for families in crisis or high-risk situations by providing referrals to community agencies that specialize in the following areas of service: legal, domestic violence, child abuse, substance/alcohol abuse, housing, employment and so forth.
As part of our diverse services we also offer a variety of educational workshops in the areas of: early education, child development, school readiness, preschool curriculum, literacy, health and nutrition, disabilities, mental health, parenting, leadership/ skill building, and male role model groups. All of which, are to empower families by building peer networks, parent leadership, access to resources, and successful transitions for children and families.
We also offer an in-depth series of parent empowerment trainings called Abriendo Puertas. Abriendo Puertas is the nation’s first evidence-based parent leadership and advocacy training program for Latino parents with children 0-5 years of age. The program was developed in Spanish and provides a linguistically and culturally relevant curriculum. The curriculum is centered on the cultural values, strengths, and experiences of Latino families and uses popular education and folk wisdom. This approach engages parents at a very personal level and results in transformative learning.