Los Primeros 1000: Bridging Gaps in Language and Literacy 

Early child care and readiness before school is crucial for children’s cognitive development—even more so for underserved communities.  We’ve previously spotlighted one of our favorite collaborators, Atlanta Speech School and the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, but their newest series on Cox Campus is working tirelessly to ensure that children have the support and resources they need to succeed. This is the story of Los Primeros 1000, and the impact they have on the lives of Hispanic families.

Los Primeros 1000 is a powerful series, especially for Hispanic children who face unique, disproportionate challenges when it comes to early learning and school readiness. Cost, transportation, family fears, and especially language barriers can prevent these students from participating in structured learning experiences within the first few years of life. In spite of this, they want to empower parents and children who face these challenges with the practices they need to talk, play, and read in their own language. Los Primeros 1000 is nurturing and building a solid foundation for families while also uplifting their bilingualism—a unique strength of these children and parents. Through their partnership with the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, Cox Campus premiers Los Primeros 1000 courses to bridge the gap and give Hispanic parents and children the best possible start in life. 

Course 1 – Primeras Conversaciones – (First Conversations) – this course focuses on practices for talking with young children and engaging them in meaningful conversations that lead to vocabulary, concept development, and comprehension, and extend learning. 

Course 2 – Primeras Lecturas – (First Read Alouds) – this course focuses on practices for reading books with children in ways that will transform storytime, promote vocabulary development and critical thinking.  

At the heart of Los Primeros 1000 is a commitment to equity and opportunity. The organization understands that many Hispanic families face significant challenges, including language barriers, economic disadvantage, and limited access to licensed child care and early learning experiences. Los Primeros 1000 is helping to address these challenges by providing caregivers with a slew of tools, training, and resources they may need. From language development to early literacy skills, Los Primeros 1000 is empowering caregivers to support Hispanic children for lifelong success. 

Now, more than ever, is the time to support programs like Los Primeros 1000. If you are passionate about early childhood education and want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, share Los Primeros 1000 as a resource to your fellow community members or enjoy it for yourself! Together, we can create a brighter future for Hispanic children and help them unlock their full potential. Los Primeros 1000 is a series that deserves your attention because you will be part of a movement that creates brighter futures for generations to come.

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