Through longstanding partnerships with LAUSD, NHSA, RCMA, and others, Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors commits to reach an additional 12,500 parents over 18 months with a new initiative that adds four new content areas to the AP curriculum: Early development of math skills; Comprehension of the rights of dual language learners in the school system; Keys to a successful transition to kindergarten; and Parental use of technology.
AP will make its bilingual curriculum and additional resources in math, DLL, transition to kindergarten, and technology use available to over 250 community partners through three-day AP Training Of Trainers Institutes. After completing the institute, participants are prepared and certified to deliver the program throughout the U.S. and will individually reach over 50 parents per year. Thus AP anticipates impacting at least 12,500 households and 12,500 children (one per parent trained, respectively) through this commitment.
AP is prioritizing the locations of these institutes to serve high-need communities based on poverty levels, preschool enrollment data, and the prevalence of low-performing schools. For instance, AP will partner with the Partnership for Community Action in the State of New Mexico which has the highest percentage of children living in poverty in the U.S. AP will support migrant families in Northern Florida, Californias Central Valley, and Migrant Head Start centers throughout the U.S. while also forging new partnerships with the Inglewood School District, Imperial School District, Santa Ana School District, and several Housing Authorities.
APs new math component will help parents teach young children basic math skills using activities that can be incorporated into their daily lives. This is a critical component because research shows that performance in early math is among the strongest predictors of future academic success. This new initiative will also support parents of DLL students to understand their rights in a school setting. In addition, AP will produce a video of parent voices that shares their own experiences and best practices to navigate the critical transition to kindergarten. The video will be broadly disseminated and reach over 50,000 parents and caregivers throughout the country. Lastly, the new curriculum will teach best practices for families of young children to successfully utilize media and technology.
AP and its partners will measure parent and caregiver results through a pre- and post-test to be developed by outside evaluators.
AP uses a sustainable Training of Trainers (TOT) model to maximize the ability of partner organizations to deliver the parent training curriculum. Participants who complete the training are certified to train future generations of trainers as well as parents in their local communities. Topics include:
Creating a welcoming environment
Strength-based/asset-based perspective for working with parents
Use of local education and health data
Adult learning methodology and facilitator skills
Effective parenting outreach and retention strategies
Partners will recruit and select participants committed to delivering the program. The four new content areas were determined with feedback from parents and partners: Early math skills; Comprehension of the rights of dual language learners in the school system; Keys to a successful transition to kindergarten; and Technology use.
September 2016 December 2016
Confirm participating organizations and locations. As noted below, numerous partners and locations have already been confirmed with the opportunity to build upon these.
January 2017 June 2017
Develop and field test new Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors materials with over 200 parents.
Share new curriculum and conduct the first AP Training Of Trainers (TOT) event Western states. This event will be done in partnership with NHSA, Catholic Charities USA, and Partnership for Community Action.
Share new curriculum and conduct the second TOT event Southern states. This event will be done in partnership with NHSA, RCMA, Migrant Head Start and Catholic Charities USA.
Share new curriculum and conduct the third TOT event Northern states. This event will be done in partnership with NHSA and Catholic Charities USA.
Share new curriculum and conduct the fourth TOT event Central states. This event will be done in partnership with NHSA, Catholic Charities, and Latino Policy Forum.
Share new curriculum and conduct the fifth TOT event Eastern states. This event will be done in partnership with NHSA and Catholic Charities USA.
Share new curriculum and conduct the sixth TOT event California. This will be done in partnership with LAUSD, NHSA, and Catholic Charities USA.
January 2018 February 2018
Produce report on partner implementation, data collection, and parent feedback.
Approximately 40% of Latino children do not attend preschool or early education programs, consequently starting kindergarten behind their peers. According to the National Task Force for the Early Education of Hispanics, young Hispanic children are already behind their white peers on measures of literacy, math concepts, and general cognitive skills when they entered kindergarten. For example, by age four, only 51% of Hispanic children can identify numbers and shapes compared to 73% of white children. And the National Center for Education Statistics has found that, by age six, Latino children lag behind their white counterparts in understanding words, speaking in complete sentences, and accomplishing simple tasks.
Kindergarten requires children to adjust to a new environment with unfamiliar teachers and peers, and a host of competing emotional, behavioral, social, and academic demands which may be particularly trying for Latino children who on average begin kindergarten six months behind their non-Latino peers in early language and math skills. More troubling still, Latino children particularly those who are dual-language learners are more likely to enter under-resourced schools with fewer of the services and supports needed to promote their success.
Often children with the least access to quality early learning programs have parents who most benefit from support and information. Through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), schools are legally mandated to actively engage children and their families, communicate information about the childrens experiences, and provide a quality education with assessments that accommodate dual-language children. Furthermore, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education recently issued a joint guidance on the rights and responsibilities of dual-language learners (DLL) and limited English speaking parents in public school systems. Equally important is the right of parents with limited English to full information about all academic opportunities and resources for their children. This new and historic developments provide AP with an opportunity to further support families with information vital to their childrens success.
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP) was designed by and for Latino parents with children ages 0-5. Its multi-generational approach builds parental leadership skills and knowledge to promote family well-being and positive education outcomes for children. The organizations curriculum provides parents with accessible resources about early childhood cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development; advocacy at school and in the community; and access to economic and healthcare supports such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Affordable Care Act. Using a train-the-trainer model, AP has trained more than 1,800 facilitators in more than 400 family-serving organizations to provide its curriculum to more than 80,000 families in 324 cities across the country since its inception in 2007. The organization has a proven track record and is poised to continue growing its impact.
AP is seeking financial support to conduct trainings throughout the U.S. that will enable their partners to provide families with information and activities they can use daily to support their young childs optimal development. This new initiative will expand APs programs content and include best practices on the use of technology, early math, Dual Language Learners Rights, and a successful transition to kindergarten.
AP will offer support in developing and field testing family-friendly materials in English and Spanish. Topics include: use of technology, early math, understanding the rights of dual language learners in the school system, and keys to a smooth transition to kindergarten. AP will host a three-day Training of Trainer events to prepare partners for dissemination of new AP activities and resources to provide parents with the knowledge and tools to help ensure that their children are ready for success in school. In addition, the training will include materials from the evidence-based AP curriculum that target school readiness, family wellbeing, and advocacy by addressing best practices in brain development, key aspects of early childhood development, civic engagement, and parental leadership.