California Teachers Association Recognizes Local Educator

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“Miss Rosa” leads parents and students in song in a family literacy program in Long Beach.

Rosa Hernandez, a local Head Start educator in the Long Beach Family Literacy Program is the focus of an article in the California Teachers Association Magazine. Hernandez firmly believes that every child’s first teacher is a parent, and that family literacy is a priority, and has experienced it first hand. An immigrant herself, Hernandez arrived in the U.S. unable to speak English and enrolled her daughter in the Head Start Program. She enrolled herself in college and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Now with Head Start, Hernandez spends her time working with children who have parents in similar situations. Roberta Lanterman, Long Beach Family Literacy Program Director shares that “Ms. Rosa is a key building block in our family literacy program. She embodies the importance of intergenerational learning and nurtures the families we serve.” Hernandez states, “I was lucky because I had a lot of wonderful people support me and guide me with the right tools to help me and my child to succeed. And I’m trying to provide all the tools and guidance these parents need to succeed.” Read the full article.

About the Long Beach Family Literacy Program
The Long Beach Family Literacy Program has been providing family literacy services to Long Beach families since 1992. Funded by Toyota, the State of California Even Start Office, and First 5 Los Angeles, the Program is a collaborative partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District and the City of Long Beach/Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. Through comprehensive and integrated services, the Program provides adults and their young children ages 1-8 with the skills and resources necessary to be successful in their education, financially secure, and productive members of their communities, as well as feel empowered to reach their full potential as life long learners. Head Start, the leader in early childhood development, provides the Program’s youngest learners with their educational foundation. For more information about the Long Beach Family Literacy Program, please contact (562) 595-8893 x264.

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