Latino Parenting Master Classes Help Young Kids Succeed


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Latinos are the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority group. They are expected to grow from 1 in 6 people today to 1 in 4 by 2035 and 1 in 3 by 2060.

The long-term health and success of Latinos is going to be crucially important to the United States for decades to come. In the Pacific Northwest community of Walla Wall, WA (23.68% Latino population), one group has taken steps to ensure their Latino community has all the tools necessary for their success.

The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is offering a free, 10-week series of parenting master classes aimed at Latinos. Using “cultural perspective” and taught in Spanish, the Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) program is designed to support Latino parents in their roles as family leaders and teachers to their children.

“Parents are given tools to promote their children’s kindergarten readiness,” said Deborah Peters, the executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition in a news release.

Each session has been carefully tailored to serve its students as they are based around popular Latino sayings and use “culturally familiar” activities and utilize relevant data. Abriendo Puertas is the first evidence-based program of its kind for Latino parents.

“[We are] really excited to be a partner in the Abriendo Puertas program. It’s a win-win for our families, for our neighborhoods and for Walla Walla generally,” said Commitment to Community Program Director Andrew Rodriguez.

The first classes wrapped up at the beginning of May with another series of classes planned for the fall.

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