IMPACT + TESTIMONIALS
Supports educational activities at home like reviewing the alphabet, reading frequently to children, counting games, and positive uses of technology.
Promotes role modeling such as being mindful of how parent behavior sets an example for children and taking time to respond to children’s behaviors.
Demonstrates reading and math practice with children by encouraging parent-child interactions, e.g. stopping to talk about a story, going to the library to check out children’s materials — as well as early math lessons on sequence, shapes, size, order, numbers, and counting.
Sets family goals around regular physical exercise, good habits with technology, and healthy eating — including healthy cooking of traditional cultural foods.
Prepares for transition to kindergarten by providing tools for navigating school options, championing children as they enter school, and advocating for family rights within public education systems.
Builds long-term engagement for involvement in family programs beyond AP/OD, including parent leadership in school and community activities.
Delivers an evidence-based parent program that can be reproduced locally for years — a proven, cost-effective acquisition with exponential impact.
Builds leadership capacity for staff, practitioners, and parent leaders by sending them to AP/OD Institutes to be taught by Master Trainers and certified to deliver the program in local contexts.
Develops a parent leadership strengths-based approach, including improving outreach and positive interactions with diverse families and communities.
Provides significant learning and growth for parents, allowing for two-generation impact that produces long-term results for families and communities.
Offers a user-friendly impact tool to monitor and evaluate what happens for parents in the program locally — and contribute to high level national data supporting diverse families with young children.
Serves as a gateway for continued parent involvement as families find an organizational and community home due to transformation experienced in the program.
2018 Child Care Exchange Doyen in Early Care and Education
2017 Campaign for Grade Level Reading Champion
2017 New Profit Proximity Accelerator
2016 Champion of Children’s Wellbeing by Ashoka Changemakers and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2015 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics “Bright Spot”
2015 White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Commitment to Action Recognition
2015 The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
2014 White House Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change Award
2012 Champions for Children Award
2012 Campaign for Grade- Level Reading Bright Spot Program
AP/OD supports parents of young children to claim their voice as their children’s first teachers. It also empowers them to come out of the shadows and advocate for their children’s education.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
AP/OD increases educational activities [for families with children 0 to five years old] at home. These shifts begin in the home, move into schools as children age, and eventually lead to advocacy at the community level. Parents who have participated in the program have gone on to take part in campaigns to increase early childhood funding, promote immigrant policies, and improve public school curriculum.
AP/OD is an incredibly comprehensive and powerful program. Our goal is to offer it to parents in all of our elementary schools. If we can accomplish this, we will no doubt see an improvement in student achievement.
AP/OD’s parent program and national training Institutes run on a lean budget, but local communities leverage millions of dollars to bring the program home to families and children. Partners have secured resources to deliver the program in diverse communities across the country, impacting 178,000 children from 2008-2018.
Types of Direct Implementation Funding Received by Local Partners
45% from Private & Family Foundations
36% from Government Grants
30% from Early Head Start
25% from Title I School Funding
Participants in AP/OD made significant gains across all areas of assessment
- Parents demonstrated significant increases in their knowledge of language and literacy development, social-emotional development, health development, and school preparation.
- Parents exhibited noteworthy gains in understanding their rights as parents, and their children’s rights in school.
- Parents reported a significant boost in self-confidence regarding their parenting skills, getting their children ready for school, and advocating on behalf of their children.
Greatest impact: educational support
The evaluation study found that the AP/OD program led to the adoption of parenting practices that enhance preschool children’s learning and preparation for school. The study found that Latino parents participating in the program gained knowledge about high-quality child care and education settings, and improved their organizational strategies and ability to plan and set goals for their children. Parents also gained an appreciation for their role as models for their children. Importantly, these practices appear to be sustained over time.