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Thriving at Three

Addressing the early care and education gap among Latino populations

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by UNCG Research.

Photo by Mike Dickens

Redacted from “Breaking down Barriers,” a fall 2016 Research Magazine feature

Thriving at Three, part of UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians, provides programming for at-risk Latino immigrant children from birth to three years and their parents. It’s one way UNCG is working to address the early care and education gap experienced by Latino populations.

Case workers visit families at home, helping children with their developmental skills and helping mothers with basic needs, from arranging transportation to making doctor appointments. Mothers attend weekly classes at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Greensboro on topics ranging from nutrition to dental health, while their children go to their own classes, learning behavioral and social skills that will prepare them for school.

Thriving at Three, funded by the United Way, serves about 40 Latino families.

“I wish we had the funding to reach more people,” says Holly Sienkiewicz, director of the Center for New North Carolinians. “What we really hope to do is teach families life skills so they can do them on their own and share the information with their family and neighbors.”

Redacted from “Breaking down Barriers,” a fall 2016 Research Magazine feature by Chris Burritt.