April 19, 2013
Rio Grande Valley MSHS Hosts 9th Annual Parent Conference
Edinburg, TX – TMigrant Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) program in the Rio Grande Valley Region in partnership with The University of Texas at Pan-American High School Equivalency Program (HEP) hosted the 9th Annual Parent Conference at the University of Texas Pan-American Community Engagement & Student Success (CESS) Building on April 19, 2013.
HEP collaborates with Head Start parents and staff to provide them with skills and knowledge that can help them attain improved employment opportunities while also giving them the ability to further assist their children with their educational and developmental endeavors. UTPA HEP program also offers numerous programs in various disciplines that help prepare parents for a wide variety of jobs. HEP offers parents and staff the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency certificate. This year’s conference entitled “School Readiness/Family Engagement” encouraged parents to actively participate in their children’s growth and development. This year’s conference was attended by approximately 250 parents, staff and community from the Rio Grande Valley Region including exhibitors from throughout the Valley. Exhibitors provided information to participants and were able to network with parents on their agencies services. Exhibitors offered medical, dental, ID protection for children, and workforce services.
We recognize that the involvement of parents in their children’s education is directly related to achievement and success in school. We also know that the earlier this involvement begins, the better and more powerful the effects will be on children’s learning. For this reason, TMC encourages parents to visit their children’s center and classrooms to participate in activities that support educational development during these important and formative early childhood years. Parental engagement is encouraged and greatly valued at TMC.
During the Conference, the top parent volunteers from the seventeen centers were recognized for their assistance in the success of each Center. Top volunteers recognized were: Claudia Perez – Alto Bonito Center, Amparo Chavez – Alton Center, Claudia Quintana – Brownsville Center, Dora Uranga – Brownsville Infant/Toddler Center, Veronica Martinez – Donna Center, Maria Tovar – Edcouch Center, Lupita Aguilar – Edinburg Center, Maria I. Alday – JJ Balli Center, Yadira Becerra – La Paloma Center, Marisa Miranda – Las Milpas, Micheel Galeano – Mercedes Center, Brenda Bermudez – Palmview Center, Isabel Maldonado – Progreso Center, Diana Ilarraza – Raymondville Center, Beatriz Moreno – San Juan Center, and Maria Hernandez – Weslaco Infant/Toddler Center. Along with recognition of top volunteers from each center, the region also recognized its top parent and community volunteer for the region.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, UTPA Dean of the College of Business Administration, shared stories about his experiences as a farm worker and how those experiences lead to his success. His presentation was shared during a luncheon provided to all conference participants. The conference sessions included the following topics: Supporting Our Children in their Literacy Development; Learning Is Fun; Teaching Your Children About Literacy; Engaged Families/Healthy Families; Adult Education Opportunities, Wealth Creation Through Financial Education and Literacy Skills and School Success.