Waltham Family School
Even Start Coordinator: Britta McNemar
"The Waltham Family School" is a new Even Start Family Literacy Program in Waltham. Waltham is one of seven communities in Massachusetts awarded a federal grant, funded through the Massachusetts Department of Education, for an Even Start Literacy Program. The purpose of the Even Start Literacy Program is to improve educational opportunities for children by integrating early childhood, adult education and parenting activities in a comprehensive family literacy program. The Waltham Family School is our community’s Even Start Program. It is a partnership of the Waltham Public Schools and four key community agencies: Breaking Barriers, Inc; the Parent Child Home Program; the Power Program; and the Waltham Partnership for Youth.
The Waltham Family School will serve families who have a preschool age child, age 3-5, and who want to work on improving their English language skills and strengthening their parenting and life skills.
Children and parents will attend school 4 mornings a week, Monday - Thursday from 9:00-11:30 a.m. The children, ages 3-5, will be in a preschool class that emphasizes language and literacy development. At the same time parents will be taking ESL classes (2 mornings a week), a Life Skills class (1 morning a week); and a Parenting Discussion and Parent and Child Together activity time (1 morning a week). Each family receives 2 home visits a month scheduled at a time convenient for them. There will also be fun family activities and field trips.
Who can participate? What families are eligible?
To be eligible for the Waltham Family School a family must:
Be residents of Waltham.
Have a child 3-5 years old.
Have a parent/caregiver who wants to improve his/her English language skills.
Meet financial and educational guidelines.
Make a commitment to attend 4 mornings a week.