Nurturing Parenting Program
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM:
According to the Gaston Institute for Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, one in every five Latino students will fail to graduate from High School. The drop-out rate and the academic achievement gap between Latino students and their non-Latino counterparts is widening dramatically. Many factors can contribute to this alarming trend. Accordingly, the United Way of Central Mass has identified school readiness as an important funding priority.
Consequently, Centro Las Americas has been awarded a three year grant by the United Way to help improve school readiness among Latino students ages 0 to 5. The stress of the economy, health or other factors can manifest in the way a parent interacts with his or her child, thus delaying or limiting that child's readiness.
Parents are presented this nationally recognized curriculum during evening workshops once per week for fifteen weeks. The evening begins with a family-style dinner that encourages appropriate interaction between parents and their children, as well as among other participating families. During these workshops parents are provided tools and strategies to assist with appropriate child rearing. At the same time, their children are participating in activities that support the material covered with their parents during the workshops.
By utilizing a nationally recognized, evidence-based model, CLA is able to help families modify their behaviors and attitude about their children's education and discipline, and thus become more nurturing parents.
The program is free and parents may self-refer, or be referred by other community resources, and is open to all parents of children ages 0 to 5. We have groups for English speakers, as well as for Spanish-speaking parents.
FUNDING AND SPONSORS:
Funded by a three year grant from the United Way.
VOLUNTEER & CONTACT INFO:
For more information, please contact our Front Desk: 508-798-1900.
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