Helping parents to help their children to become successful in school is the aim of a new parental involvement curriculum that ESC Region 19 Head Start will launch in October.
Abriendo Puertas is an evidence-based parenting, leadership and advocacy training program for low-income parents and caregivers of children from birth to age five.
The school readiness program aims to improve outcomes for young children by building the capacity and confidence of parents and caregivers to be strong and powerful advocates in the lives of their children. The program initially developed in Spanish, centers on the cultural values, strengths, and experiences of Latino families and uses popular education and folk wisdom.
ESC Region 19 Head Start Parent Leadership and Education Development (PLED) Program Manager David Herrera and Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) Program Manager Nellie Chavez participated in the Abriendo Puertas Train the Trainer component in Florida. The unique “train-the-trainers” program prepares local community leaders to become facilitators in delivering the program to parents in their community.
Herrera and Chavez will provide Abriendo Puertas training to PLED and ERSEA facilitators October 24-25. Facilitators receiving the training will be ready to deploy the curriculum at Head Start and Early Head Start centers throughout the year.