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Latino Literacy Project

Listing Last Update: October 20, 2015


1030 E. Yanonali Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Primary Contact

Michelle Robertson

(805) 963-8685 Ext:105

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

Parents of infants and toddlers have access to the Nurturing Parent Class, a parent education program that introduces the parent to child development and basic parenting skills. The Nurturing Parent Class also assesses parenting and child rearing attitudes that are attributed to child abuse and neglect. The following domains are addressed: Expectations of Children, Parental Empathy towards children’s needs, Use of Corporal punishment, Parent-Child Family Roles and Children’s Power and Independence. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) teaches parents how to be their child’s first teacher. The parent and child work together on structured activities that support school readiness. Focus is on language development, problem-solving, early writing, shapes and colors. This curriculum focuses on all the skills needed for children to be ready for Kindergarten. This program is 30 weeks and will be offered at various locations. The development of oral language is one of the most impressive accomplishments that occur during the first five years of life. The Latino Literacy Project is a parent education strategy with a focus on early language and literacy development to increase a child’s vocabulary in their native language. Studies show that vocabulary development in the early years directly influences language proficiency in 3rd grade and our goal is that every child is proficient in reading by grade 3. Parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will also have access to the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) which focuses on the importance of a child’s first years, the domains of child development, language and early literacy development, numeracy and early math concepts, and preparing their young child for formal schooling such as preschool and kindergarten. These four programs together support the notion that parents are their child’s first teacher and introduces school readiness skills, pre-reading and language development, parent-child bonding and parent involvement in a student’s education right from the start. Classes are offered once a week, for 6-12 weeks and are taken in a sequential manner. The program will continue to offer free meals and childcare to participating families. Over 400 families will be served.

Hours of operation: 9am - 5 pm

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