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Connecting Parents and Schools

Working with parents to support their children's success

Connecting parents and schools

Since 2009, our Padres Comprometidos programs have trained more than 200 facilitators and helped over 3,400 parents support their children’s academic success. It fosters strong connections between parents and schools, empowering Latino parents to play a leading role in their child’s educational journey.

These programs are designed to reach parents who traditionally are not connected to the schools because of:

  • Linguistic and cultural reasons
  • Economic background
  • Negative perception schools may have about parents or vice versa
  • Unfamiliarity with parent engagement in the school

The programs help parents:

  • Understand the United States public school system.
  • Develop goals for their children to ensure they attend college.
  • Understand the academic requirements for college readiness.
  • Model behaviors at home that encourage and promote learning.

Pre-K

The program trains bilingual early childhood teachers to engage parents in their child’s development. Each of the sessions in the six-week program sessions covers a different topic about how children learn and familiarizes parents with school procedures and expectations.

Overview

Session 1: The Development of the Whole Child (El desarrollo integral del niño)
Session 2: Language Development in Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children (Desarrollo del lenguaje en bebés, niños pequeños y niños en edad pre-escolar)
Session 3: Early Math Experiences for Young Children (Experiencias tempranas de matemáticas para niños pequeños)
Session 4: What Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Expectations (Lo que los padres deben saber acerca de las expectativas del kinder)
Session 5: What Parents Need to Know to Prepare Their Children for Kindergarten (Lo que los padres deben saber para preparar a sus hijos para el kínder)
Session 6: Conversation With School Leaders (Diálogo con el director del programa)

Elementary

At this level, the program encourages parents to meet with teachers and counselors to seek information related to their child’s academic performance.

Overview

1. Orientation and Planning Session
2. Chapter 1: Understanding Your Adolescent
3. Chapter 2: Family Strengths
4. Chapter 3: Modeling Positive Behaviors
5. Chapter 4: Committed Parents
6. Chapter 5: Funding and Provisions that Affect Your School
7. Chapter 6: Preparing a Well-Rounded Student
8. Conversation with the Principal/Graduation

Secondary

Overview

1. Orientation and Planning Session
2. Chapter 1: Understanding Your Adolescent
3. Chapter 2: Family Strengths
4. Chapter 3: Modeling Positive Behaviors
5. Chapter 4: Committed Parents
6. Chapter 5: Funding and Provisions that Affect Your School
7. Chapter 6: Checklist for College Commitment
8. Conversation with the Principal/Graduation