Pasitos Playgroups

Problem Statement: In Sonoma County, only 23% of English learners enter kindergarten “ready to go,” and only 27% of Latino students read at proficient level by 3rd grade.

Goal of the Program: Pasitos focuses on giving parents of children 3-4 years old information and tools they need to prepare their child to enter school so they are ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Primary Activities:

  • Weekly parent-child group meetings with stories, songs, and fine-motor activities
  • Book bags with bilingual books
  • Community resource information

Outcome Highlights:

  • 27 groups County-wide serving 300 families FY’16-17
  • 180% increase in parents reading five or more times per week

Contact Information:

  • Contact: Marta Flax Tilling, M.S.W.
    Title: Assistant Director – School Readiness Program
    Phone & Extension: 707-544-6911 x1025
    Email: [email protected]


There are 27 playgroups at schools or youth centers throughout Sonoma County; from Cloverdale to Petaluma – Sonoma to Sebastopol including many classes located in Santa Rosa. Participants attend weekly one-and-a-half hour playgroups for 28 to 30 weeks during the school year.

Pasitos Preview

Pasitos Indepth

Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Sonoma County and First 5 Sonoma County developed Let’s Go to Kindergarten, a parent booklet that reviews parent and child expectations, offers activity suggestions, and provides helpful tips and information about school readiness. Click links below to download booklets.