Para Los Niños Programs
Aprendamos Juntos (Let’s Learn Together) is our family literacy program that provides children and their parents with English language and learning tools to engage and promote academic achievement and advancement. Utilizing a collaborative approach through joint partnership with Highline Community College and the HSD, Aprendamos Juntos addresses educational success as a family venture in two parts:
- 1. Parents receive 4 levels of ESL instruction from licensed and certified teachers provided by Highline Community College.
- 2. Culturally competent and age-appropriate curricula for 43 children ages 0-14 focus on providing tools for early acquisition and ongoing improvement of literacy, reading comprehension and mathematics.
*Descubriendo Nuestra Cultura (Discovering our Culture) is a month long summer program for youth K-3. Participates engage in classroom work that emphasized their rich Latino culture and take a variety of field trips in the Puget Sound area.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Aprendamos Juntos (Let's Learn Together) has been the signature program at Para Los Niños since its inception in early 2005. A family based program incorporating parents and their children of all ages, we have been supporting and following many of our students and parents for multiple years. All of our participants come from the Highline School District service area, where current literacy rates for Latino students (the majority student population) hover at around 50%.
After six years of programming and testing for participants in the greater Burien area, we have begun to realize the impact of our programming on family literacy. The results are dramatic: 100% of students participating in one full year or more of the Aprendamos Juntos program will read at grade-level or demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully enter the Kindergarten classroom.
Our current organizational need is the means to expand programming to meet demand in the local schools. Our success is limited by the number of sites we can open and thus the number of students we can include in the programming.