Dodge Center class, 2014
Partnering for school success CYFAR project (PSS CYFAR)
University of Minnesota Extension received five years (2012-2017) of federal funding from Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) related to the Partnering for school success (PSS) project and Education: Our best legacy program.
About the project
The PSS CYFAR project is a partnership of University of Minnesota Extension, Triton (Dodge Center) Middle School, and Faribault Middle School. The PSS CYFAR project focuses on two of the major factors related to academic achievement for Latino families — family and school environments — and what each can do to improve school success.
The project has three inter-related components.
- Family school partnership — School staff and parents participate in a facilitated group dialogue and planning process to strengthen positive family and school relationships.
- Family Strengthening Education — Parents attend the Education: Our best legacy class series to better understand their role in their children's education, get informed about how schools work in their communities, and embrace their role as a partner in their child's success in school. Parents also attend booster sessions where they learn on a variety of topics such as using technology to monitory their children's progress and communicate with schools, social and emotion learning, accessing higher education from Open doors with higher education, and more. Students who have parents in the program receive after school programming focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as a supplement to this program.
- School navigators — A school navigator is identified in each school, and serves as a liaison — building positive connections between parents, students, and the school.
The three components of the project are proven to create system changes in schools, families, and the Latino community resulting in improved parent-school and parent-child interactions and improved educational outcomes for at-risk children.
Outcomes from the project
Explore the following resources to see how the PSS CYFAR project is making a difference for Latino families.
- Bridging the achievement gap for Latino families ( 2:59) English (VIDEO) | español (VIDEO)
- Parenting education component for year 1 (PDF) (March and May 2013) Report
- Parent school partnership 2013-2014 report (PDF)
- Parenting education component for year 1 and 2 (PDF) (2013-2014) Report
- Evaluation for year 3 (May 2015) report (PDF)
- Leading with participation and inclusion: end of workshop evaluation (PDF) (2015) Report
- Evaluation for year 4 (May 2016) Report (PDF)
- Families visit U of M campus report (PDF)
- Field trip April 2016 report (PDF) — Latino Families visit University of Minnesota
- Open doors with higher education program evaluation (PDF)
Education: Our best legacy — Explore the school success program intended to be delivered by Spanish-speaking educators to Latino parents or caregivers with middle school-aged children.
Open doors with higher education — Access this program that helps immigrant Latino parents make informed decisions about post-secondary education.
Partnering for school success CYFAR project (PSS CYFAR) — Get more information about CYFAR.