Parents and caregivers play a big role in shaping the academic trajectory of their children. They already possess valuable skills, knowledge, and experiences that can contribute to building pro-social behavior and confidence in Latino children.
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors is the nation’s first evidence-based, popular education, parent leadership program designed primarily for Spanish-speaking parents of children age five and under. The interactive 10-session curriculum equips parents with the knowledge and tools to prepare their children for kindergarten by supporting their children's early development. As a project of the Tides Center, the Abriendo Puertas curriculum builds upon the cultural values, key strengths, and experiences of Latino families. Since bringing Abriendo Puertas to Chicago in 2010, the Forum has trained over 150 facilitators from more than 50 Latino-serving organizations across the state of Illinois. As of 2015, Forum-trained facilitators have provided the program to more than 1,800 Latino parents.
The Latino Policy Forum uses a train-the-trainer model to disseminate the Abriendo Puertas program throughout the state. The Forum trains staff from agencies and school districts to become facilitators of the program and provide sessions to parents within their respective communities. The Abriendo Puertas Facilitator Institute is a three-day training that prepares two staff members from an organization to deliver the program through the popular education method. Throughout program implementation, the Forum provides technical assistance and coaching.
The Forum is calling for applications for the three-day Abriendo Puertas Facilitator Training Institute scheduled for August 17-19, 2016. Click here to fill out the application.
If you have a group of 10 or more interested individuals and would like to schedule a private institute, please contact Natalie Vesga.