Pilot Program Helps Migrant Workers Read and Write in Spanish Text Size

Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start Inc., are working in collaboration on a pilot program called Planting Literacy that helps migrant workers learn to read and write in Spanish.

Led by HCC instructor Raúl Gutiérrez, a group of mothers are learning to read and write in their native language for the first time since migrating from Latin America. The students in the class are farm workers from Guatemala and Mexico whose children attend Head Start or local public schools. Planting Literacy aims to teach mothers in order for them to better communicate with teachers, and in time assist their children with schoolwork.

This program will also allow these women to integrate more fully into their communities because learning to read and write in one’s native language eventually makes it easier to learn English. This program has already drawn attention on a national level, Gutiérrez and other Head Start personnel held a presentation in Washington D.C. at a conference of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association.

Learn more at the HCC website.

Posted on May 13, 2016 by