Vía Esperanza Centro de Educación

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Problem Statement: There is a very high educational achievement gap between Sonoma County’s higher and middle class community and our low-income community.

Goal of the Program: To close the achievement gap, and revitalize the community by engaging thousands of parents in the early and ongoing education of their children, strengthening family resilience and improving child health outcomes.

Primary Activities:

  • ESL Class – English classes taught by Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) staff
  • English Conversation Class – A structured approach to practicing English language skills for beginner to intermediate level students; led by a retired teacher
  • GED/HiSET – A class to prepare students to take the GED/HiSET test in Spanish; led by SRJC staff
  • Citizenship Class – An 18-week citizenship test preparation course provided by Catholic Charities
  • Abriendo Puertas – The first evidenced-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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Counseling Groups – Regular weekly counseling sessions for women, teen girls, and other special topics; provided by Humanidad Therapy and Education Services
  • Grupo Luna – A support group for parents with children with autism; provided by MATRIX Support Network
  • Financial Literacy Education (Your Money, Your Goals) – A 6-session financial literacy program based on the Your Money, Your Goals curriculum from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureauand provided by Catholic Charities.
  • Nuestros Parques – 2-3 mile 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 third 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 – 1.4-mile nature hikes along Sonoma Creek every third Saturday. A bilingual docent will teach you about plants, animals, and aquatic creek life. The hike starts at the visitors’ center.

* FREE child care provided by Vía Esperanza for most classes and activities

Outcome Highlights:

  • 15 different services for English learning parents and children in the Southwest Santa Rosa area
  • Served 387 unduplicated English learning parents and 207 unduplicated English learning children
  • Provided 1,720 hours of childcare and school readiness services to English Learning families
  • Provided 497 hours of instructional services to English learning parents

The Via Esperanza Centro de Educación in Southwest Santa Rosa is an unprecedented collaboration between Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa City Schools, numerous other community-based organizations and First 5 Sonoma County.

Via Esperanza launched in Fall 2013 and offers year round programs that prepare young children to succeed in school and help parents access crucial resources needed to support their children’s success. Based on the proven effective “community school” model, Via Esperanza will promote children’s health and academic success and from cradle to career, ensuring the future economic vitality of Sonoma County.

All children and their parents deserve to have the education, support and tools they need to succeed. Join us in creating a safer, healthier and more prosperous neighborhood!VIAESPERANZA-01

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

  • Early Childhood Education Classes and Playgroups
  • Parent Education
  • Financial Literacy Education
  • Leadership Classes
  • Counseling and Case Management
  • Books, Videos, and Other Resources
  • Internet Access
  • And Much More!

Contact Information:

  • In Person
    Via Esperanza Centro de Educacion
    (located on the campus of Lawrence Cook Middle School)
    2480 Sebastopol Road
    Santa Rosa, California 95407
    Walk-in Hours: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Monday – Friday)
  • By Phone
    Programming – Magdalena Mendoza (707) 480-9374
    Child Care – Ana Díaz de Vigil (707) 867-7290
  • For partnership and sponsorship opportunities,
    please contact Michael Varela, Program Manager,
    at (707) 481-1781 or mvarela@capsonoma.org.

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