HB4 High-Quality Pre-kindergarten Grant Program

The Amigos Por Vida – Friends For Life Public Charter School will create a partnership between our Prekindergarten families, schools and our community. One of our core beliefs in APVFFLCS is “In order to prepare our next generation to become responsible citizens, we should work collaboratively with our families and community partners.” Through collaboration, APVFFLCS will actively pursue our goal of empowering families for student success.

Definitions of Family and Family Engagement - HB4:

Family engagement is the mutual responsibility of families, school, and communities to build relationships to support student learning and achievement and to support family well-being and the continuous learning and development of children, families, and educators. Family engagement is fully integrated in the child’s educational experience and supports the whole child and is both culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

Six Components:

1. Facilitate Family-to-Family Support

·       APVFFLCS Parent Involvement Facilitators, campus and/or district personnel will provide parents with opportunities to participate in initiatives such as:

o   Volunteering

o   Campus PTO meetings and events

2. Establish a network of community resources

·       APVFFLCS partnerships with community and faith-based organizations will create a network through the following strategies:

o   Campus Compassion

o   Legacy Community Health

o   Houston Public Health - Immunization Clinics

3. Increase family participation in decision-making

·       Campus Compact and School Policies

·       District Family Engagement Surveys

·       School Health Advisory Committee – SHAC

·       Monthly meetings with the principal

·       Parents and Teachers conferences (all areas of development)

4. Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning

·       Informational books and pamphlets will be sent home concerning child development best practices

·       Parent meetings by grade level every month

5. Develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their child's learning benchmarks

·       Staff will attend and be provided training in areas such as:

o   ESSA

o   Multi-sensory approach to PK

o   Dyslexia

o   Balanced Literacy

o   Teaching Strategies Curriculum Implementation

o   Family Engagement

o   CLI Engage Professional Development Presentations

o   Vocabulary building

o   Social and Emotional Development

o   iPad etiquette

6. Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement

·       Feedback and suggestions will be sought from families through:

o   Training input

o   Parents feedback from Parenting Sessions

·       Data from EOY assessment will be used to determine the effectiveness of the High-Quality Pre-Kindergarten program

 

·       For More Information Contact Us

 

Ms. Sandra Gonzales

sgonzales@amigosporvida.com

Ms. Claudia Marin

cmarin@amigosporvida.com

Ms. Claudia Zelaya

czelaya@amigosporvida.com

 

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