Vía Esperanza Centro de Educación

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Mission Statement: Vía Esperanza Centro de Educación aims to close the achievement gap and revitalize the community by partnering with local organizations to engage families in the early and ongoing education of their children, strengthening family resilience, and improving health outcomes.

About Vía Esperanza: Vía Esperanza Centro de Educación in Southwest Santa Rosa was founded by an unprecedented collaboration between Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa City Schools, and First 5 Sonoma County.

As CAP Sonoma’s family resource center, Vía Esperanza has offered year-round programs that prepare young children to succeed in school and help parents access crucial resources needed to support their children’s success since the fall of 2013. Based on the proven effective “community school” model and bolstered by a focus on the Whole-Family/2-Generational Approach, Vía Esperanza promotes families’ health and academic success and from cradle to career, ensuring the future economic vitality of Sonoma County.

Vía Esperanza Centro de Educación provides opportunities for parents and children to succeed through:

  • Early Childhood Education Classes & Playgroups
  • Parent Education
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Leadership Development
  • Coaching & Case Management
  • Books, Videos & Other Resources
  • Internet Access
  • And Much More!

Programs & Services:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) – Beginner English class taught by Santa Rosa Junior College staff (ESL 713/714). [Not available Fall 2019]
  • English Conversation – A structured approach to practicing English language skills for beginner to intermediate level students; led by a retired teacher.
  • Spanish Literacy (Leamos) – A simple and easy-to-use pre-ESL online literacy course that teaches reading and writing to adults who cannot read and write in Spanish. With 43 instructional lessons, it has been used successfully by thousands of people, adult education programs, libraries and more.
  • GED/HiSET Test Preparation – A class to prepare students to take the
    GED/HiSET test in Spanish (Santa Rosa Junior College course – CSKLS 731). [Not available Fall 2019]
  • Citizenship Test Preparation – An 18-session citizenship test preparation course provided by Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa. [Not available Fall 2019]
  • AVANCE – An evidence-based program for families with children 0-3 years old; the components of the program include parent education, toy making class, child development, home visits, and support.
  • Pasitos Play Groups – A weekly play group for parents and their children ages 3 to 4 that are not attending preschool; parents participate with their children, doing activities that will get them ready for preschool and kindergarten success.
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) – A parenting and family support system designed to prevent as well as treat behavioral and emotional problems in children; individual sessions available with appointment.
  • Grupo LUNA – A support group for parents with children with autism. Provided by MATRIX Support Network.
  • Convivencia Group Therapy – Regular weekly counseling sessions covering special topics. Provided by Humanidad Therapy and Education Services.
  • Financial Literacy Education (Your Money, Your Goals) – A financial literacy group and one-on-one sessions based on the Your Money, Your Goals curriculum from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
  • Mobility Coaching – One-on-one sessions that put parents in the driver’s seat, providing a safe space and time to talk about themselves and their goals. Our coach uses an approach that balances self-awareness, relationship-building, and courageous action to create an environment where individuals can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others, and successful in what matters most.
  • Abriendo Puertas – The first evidence-based, comprehensive training program developed by and for Latino parents with children 0-5 years old. This 11-week course uses the popular education approach to engage parents in lessons that reflect the culture of the target audience while drawing from real-life experiences, incorporating data about local schools and communities, and focusing on helping Latino parents understand their important role in the development of and long-term impact on their children’s educational outcomes. [Not available Fall 2019]
  • Cooking Club (Summer) – An 8-session program that addresses the HOW of eating healthy by offering healthy, easy, flavorful, and affordable recipes and cooking procedures. Parents learn during the first hour and share a delicious meal with their families during the last hour of each session.
  • Reading Club (Summer) – Families come together to read, share, and discuss books in both English and Spanish as we bring together all the community members we serve — English learners, young learners, parents, children, friends, relatives, and more. Each session is hosted by representatives from local community-serving organizations.
  • Basic Computer Literacy (Summer) – Covers the basics of computer use from how to properly turn devices on and off to using peripherals such as a computer mouse and opening a free email account to setting up online accounts to pay bills. Advanced users may learn how to use cloud services such as Google Drive and discuss social media best practices.
  • Nuestros Parques – Monthly hikes at various parks in the Sonoma County Regional Parks system where families learn about nature, the health benefits of hiking, and how to explore our surroundings. These FREE bilingual hikes are hosted on the first Saturday of the month and are intended for the entire family as we will explore various topics while getting in a bit of exercise.
  • Caminata por la Naturaleza – Monthly nature hikes at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park along Sonoma Creek every third Saturday. A bilingual Sonoma Ecology Center docent will teach families about plants, animals, and aquatic creek life. Hikes start at the visitor’s center.
  • Vamos Afuera – A series of outdoor events guided in Spanish by the bilingual LandPaths staff so that Spanish-speaking residents can enjoy nature and educational experiences in their primary, familiar, and inclusive language since we all deserve the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in Sonoma County.
  • Familias al Aire Libre – Bilingual monthly hikes designed to get families outdoors and experiencing the biodiversity of Sonoma County. Each fourth Saturday we visit different parks and protected lands with nature guides who get us to experience nature up close. These activities are designed by Sonoma Land Trust to be inclusive and engaging for children of all ages.

* Child care provided by Vía Esperanza for most classes and activities.

Contact Information:

  • In Person
    Via Esperanza Centro de Educación
    (located on the Lewis Education Center campus)
    2230 Lomitas Avenue
    Santa Rosa, California 95404
    Walk-in Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Monday – Friday)
  • By Phone
    Michael Varela, Program Manager (707) 481-1781
  • For partnership and sponsorship opportunities,
    please contact Michael Varela, Program Manager,
    at (707) 481-1781 or mvarela@capsonoma.org

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