Los Angeles Unified School District
Transitional Kindergarten
Family Engagement
Early Childhood Education
November 8, 2011
TK Family Engagement
The goal of LAUSD’s family engagement is
to provide educational information to
families so that they may partner with
schools and support their child’s learning.
Family events
Home lending library
Bring Me a Book Foundation
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
Family Events
Family Literacy
 Teacher lead family workshops
 Interactive activities
 Free children's books
Family Math
 Math parent workshops
 Hands-on activities
 Free math concept books
Home Lending Library
 To promote reading at home
 Home to school connection
 One backpack per student
 A weekly rotational system
 Access to over 150 book titles
 Books in English & Spanish in a
variety of genres
Bring Me a Book Foundation
Classroom Library
 Engages students and teachers in reading
 Provides a book shelf and children books to each
 Consists of fiction and non-fiction titles
Parents as First Teachers Workshop
 Parents learn and practice literacy strategies to
help develop their child’s love of reading
 Parents receive a free photo and book
Kingsley Elementary
What is Abriendo Puertas?
Abriendo Puertas/Opening
Doors is a program,
developed by and for Latino
parents who have children 0-5
years of age. It aims to
improve the outcomes of the
nation’s Latino children by
building the capacity and
confidence of parents to be
strong and powerful
advocates in the lives of their
Abriendo Puertas Curriculum
 Available in English and Spanish
 Comprehensive curriculum addresses best practices in the
following areas: language development, bilingualism, early
literacy, health, socio-emotional wellness, parent leadership
and planning for family success
 The AP curriculum consists of 10, 2-hour sessions
 Centered on the cultural values, strengths, and experiences of
Latino families
 Engages parents at a very personal level and results in
transformative learning
 The program is based on the premise that enhancing parenting
skills early in a child’s life leads to economic and societal
Abriendo Puertas Curriculum
 Session 1 - Soy el Primer maestro de
mis hijos, nuestro hogar su primera
escuela I am My Child’s First Teacher
“De tal palo tal astilla” “Chip off the old block”
 Session 2 – Alcanzando el éxito familiar
- Reaching Family Success
“Del dicho al hecho, hay un gran trecho”
- “Actions speak louder than words”
 Session 3 – Mi niño crece My Child Grows
“Lo que bien empieza, bien acaba” “What begins well, ends well”
Abriendo Puertas Curriculum
 Session 4 – Mi niño habla My Child Talks
“Lo que bien se aprende, nunca se
olvida” “You never forget what you learn well”
 Session 5 – Sigamos abriendo puertas Let’s Continue Opening Doors
“Saber es poder” “ Knowledge is power”
 Session 6 – Nuestra Salud primero:
Parte I - Our Health is First: Part I
“Más vale prevenir que lamentar” “Better safe than sorry”
Abriendo Puertas Curriculum
 Session 7 – Nuestra salud primero: Parte II Our Health is First: Part II
“Cada cabeza es un mundo” “Each mind is a universe onto itself”
 Session 8 – Vamos a la escuela Let’s Go to School
“Quien adelante no mira, atrás se queda” “If you don’t look forward, you stay behind”
 Session 9 – Abogando por nuestro futuro Advocating for our Future
“No hay peor lucha, que la que no se hace” “There is no worse struggle than the one never
 Session 10 – ¡Sí se puede! - Yes We Can!
“A la determinación de triunfar, el fracaso no la
puede alcanzar” - “Success knows no bounds”
Evidence-based Curriculum
Abriendo Puertas is an evidence-based program, evaluated
by leading researchers from UC Berkeley
 Abriendo Puertas was carefully developed
and field-tested over a five-year period
Evaluated through pre and post surveys and focus groups
with more than 1,000 parents
Abriendo Puertas program was highlighted by the Harvard
Family Research Project as one of the nation’s leading
innovations in family engagement
Abriendo Puertas has grown rapidly throughout the United
Abriendo Puertas Evaluation Results
Significant increases in participants’:
Daily home activities that promote children’s school
Confidence about parenting skills
Knowledge and access to available health services
Social support and connections in the community
Community involvement
Los Angeles Unified School District parent comments:
“I feel that coming to the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors has
helped me a great deal. I am a better mother to my child.” Parent, San Jose Elementary School
“More than anything I have improved my own self-esteem. I can
help my children in the way I speak to them and in being more
patient and understanding. -Parent, Cahuenga Elementary School
Having an informed and engaged parent is one
of life’s greatest advantages
Parents – as leaders of their family – are
powerful agents of change
The Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
Training Institute
The three-day training
Abriendo Puertas/Opening
Doors fully prepares school
personnel and community
leaders to become
facilitators in delivering the
program to parents in their
school and neighborhood
and to train others in the
use of the curriculum.
Contact Abriendo Puertas
For more information about how you can incorporate the
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Program in your city,
please contact:
Sandra Gutierrez, National Program Director
Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors
1545 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 201 3908
Los Angeles Unified School District
Early Childhood Education
Contact Information:
Ruth Yoon - Administrator

Abriendo Puertas Curriculum