Padres Promoviendo Preparacion: Engaging Spanish-Speaking Parents through College Knowledge and Support
Speaker - Laura Gonzalez, University of North Carolina Greensboro


Thursday, April 19 – 3:45 p.m.

Padres Promoviendo Preparacion (PPP) was a three-year Spanish-language outreach program in Forsyth County, NC (funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust from 2014-2017).Our goals were to increase college knowledge and college-going self-efficacy among Latino immigrant parents, with the belief that more confident and informed parents could be better advocates for their college-bound children.The intervention was created by university faculty (Dr. Laura Gonzalez and Dr. José Villalba) in partnership with Latino-serving entities in the community (churches, non-profits, and schools).The partnering sites first hosted the 8-week program for their Spanish-speaking parents (with a PPP facilitator), then observed the program in order to learn to lead it, and finally facilitated the sessions collaboratively with us or independently.In the first two years of the outreach program, 113 Latino immigrant parents started the groups, and 86 parents finished all sessions.The parents were primarily low-income earners who had been in the United States between 10-20 years and rated their own English fluency as low.

The session will include (1) information about the content and structure of the 8-week outreach program, (2) pre-post survey data and themes from interviews with participants, and (3) suggestions for those who may want to implement a similar outreach program.Of note, the survey data showed positive gains across the groups, and the interviews shed light on how parents were able to interact differently with their children and the schools based on their newly acquired knowledge and confidence.Overall, PPP was a relatively low cost and low burden way to address college access for Latinos at the family level, bringing parents into the conversation in ways they had not been before.