CPLC and Helios Education Foundation to Encourage Latino Parents to Advocate for their Children’s Education & Health

Posted on: October 2, 2014

Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) was awarded a $480,000 grant by Helios Education Foundation to empower parents residing in Coconino, Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma counties.

The funding will support a two-year program that will facilitate training to local organizations to teach parents about family literacy and advocacy for their children in education and health services. The parents will be trained in the Abriendo Puertas curriculum, the nation's first evidence-based parent leadership program designed by and for Latino parents with children ages 0-5.

“Parents understand that education is the foundation for a brighter future, but they may lack the necessary skills that can help them navigate through the complexities of the educational and healthcare systems. The right tools will enable parents to be more informed and better support their child’s life success,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa. “We cannot possibly do this alone. It is through coalitions and our combine efforts and diverse expertise that we can help build stronger, healthier communities. Thus, we appreciate the support of Helios Education Foundation and look forward to working with family service providers to create a lasting impact in the lives of Latino children across Arizona,” continued Hidalgo.

The program will serve more than 2,000 Latino parents in communities throughout Arizona over the next two years. The trainings will be strategically located in Yuma, Tucson, Phoenix & Flagstaff.

“Helios Education Foundation is proud to partner with CPLC to bring Abriendo Puertas to families in Arizona,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “Currently, more than half of school-age children in Arizona are Latino. We must ensure Latino parents have the resources they need to help their children enter school ready to succeed and read at grade level by the end of third grade. The Abriendo Puertas program will help do that.”

CPLC believes that by creating educational opportunities, we empower individuals and families to be healthy and self-sufficient.

About Chicanos Por La Causa
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation (CDC) that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969, CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic development, education, housing, and social services. CPLC provides a better life through offering business and employment opportunities; ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 700 employees, and 60 offices, making CPLC the third-largest Hispanic non-profit in the nation and one the leading organizations in Arizona. For more information, visit

Category: Early Grade Success

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