PACE Child Care Works Awarded $14,000

The PACE Child Care Works (CCW) Program has received an award from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts’ Polaroid Fund in the amount of $14,000.

The money will be used for Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes for Spanish speakers. Fifteen parents from the Hayden-McFadden Elementary School will attend the ABE classes. Transportation and child care will be provided to the parents if needed.

The goal of the award is for parents to be able to communicate (read and write) with school personnel. It is hoped that the parents will gain confidence and a desire to continue with education or to begin a job training program. The parents’ participation in classes should have a positive effect on their child’s attitude toward school which can lead to better attendance. This project will build relationships among parents and school personnel and increase parent involvement while strengthening their parenting skills.

This project is in collaboration with New Bedford Public Schools and the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program of PACE Child Care Works and ends in June 2016.

Josh Amaral

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