Hispanic Children and Families

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Notes from the Backpack Podcast


Resources

  • Abriendo Puertas is a school readiness program that strengthens the leadership and advocacy skills of Latino parents with children ages 0-5.
  • Pacer Center offers bilingual workshops, individual assistance and translated publications focusing on issues facing families of children with special needs.
  • MALDEF advocates for Hispanic/Latino civil rights and to provides publications to educate the Hispanic/Latino community on their rights and responsibilities. 

Key Strategies for Inclusion

  • Honor the diversity of Hispanic families. Work with school staff and families to welcome their differing demographics and perspectives.

  • Work with community groups and organizations. Build relationships with community and faith-based organizations, youth-serving groups and businesses to expand networks of support and opportunity.

  • Be responsive to language differences and cultural expectations. Provide information to assist families in understanding American culture, parenting and school expectations. When possible, create materials in both English and Spanish.

  • Seek out and involve Hispanic parents in PTA leadership. Empower parents as advocates for children’s success.

  • Encourage parent engagement. Facilitate two-way communication between school and families; work with the diverse ways that parents may define involvement.

  • Address obstacles to PTA involvement. Bilingual materials, flexible meeting times, transportation and child care assistance, and translators can foster commitment.