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Spring Newsletter 2024

Updated: May 6

Join the Celebration: Explore Our Spring Updates! 


Hi friends! We are excited to announce that we will be celebrating Children's Day and Mother's Day in May! We are also shining a spotlight on our volunteers because April is National Volunteer Month. 

 

Keep reading to learn about our upcoming participation in a forum aimed at Enhancing Access for Refugees and Americans, student success stories and achievements, alongside our recent activity with the Home Visiting Council. 


Scroll down to discover easy ways to get involved and support our mission!  


Thank you for being part of our Family!
 

Children’s and Mother’s Day Celebration


On Friday, May 3rd we will celebrate Children’s Day and Mother’s Day with our families at Carter Barron Park from 10am-1pm.


We will have games, gifts, surprises and food to share! Staff, key partners and allies will also be joining this joyful and warm celebration. If you would like to attend, please scan the QR code to register 🪁💚🎉


 

Breaking Language Barriers: Insights from The Family Place 


We are proud to announce that our Executive Director, Haley Wiggins, will serve as a panelist on May 14 at the upcoming forum hosted by OCTAE: "Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americas: Next Steps Forum". The event aims to bring together approximately 30 State staff and adult education programs to exchange their successes, challenges, and ideas related to services for English learners. 

 

During the panel discussion, we will delve into our ESL (English as a Second Language) program and its impact on our students. Through our program, individuals gain fluency and proficiency in English, empowering them to access a wider range of opportunities and ultimately elevate their quality of life. Our participation in this forum offers an opportunity to share our expertise and insights, contributing to the advancement of English language learning practices and the promotion of equity in education for low-income immigrant families

 

Thank you, MSE Grant!


Big thanks to our friends at Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, who chose to support our mission and make a positive impact on the lives of many immigrant and low-income families in the DC area!


On March 6th, we were invited to the Wizards game to receive their generous support, joined by some staff members, TFPPCS’s Board Chair, our Executive Director, and a few of our families. What a fantastic night it was! 🏀 🏆🙌 



 

Advocating for Home Visiting programs



Our Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program works with families of 2- to 4-year-olds to support parents in their critical role as their child's first and most important teacher. Home Visiting Programs are incredibly valuable to support children and families across the district and we offer the only HIPPY program in Spanish in the area.  


That's why on April 1st our Home Visitor Coordinator, Idis Argueta joined the Home Visiting Council for an Advocacy Day at the Wilson Building. We shared with the Council why the district needs home visiting and what they should do to support a strong home visiting sector in FY25.  


 

FOL students presented their books!📚


In October, the FOL (Foundations of Literacy) students began an exciting new project: crafting their own stories. Many of these students are just starting to learn to read and write for the first time. Despite this, they put in dedicated effort and made progress with their writing and organizational skills, which we truly admire! 

 

They presented this touching project to the managers and director of the school, demonstrating their creativity and dedication. The results are beautiful, and we are truly proud of them!  

 

Volunteer Highlight


During #NationalVolunteerMonth we want to thank all our Monumental Sports volunteers and our staff for their contribution to our food distribution efforts on April 9th. 💚🍎🥫

 

Volunteer support plays a crucial role in our work, not only ensuring food distribution but also strengthening community ties and providing vital support to our families. We want to thank all our volunteers for being part of our family and making an impact in the DC community!✨🙏🍎


 

Congratulations to Evelyn Navarro! 🙌


Evelyn Navarro, an ESL student, has demonstrated remarkable determination by completing the 3 certificates required by OSSE in North Star Digital Literacy. She has achieved a proficiency level of over 85% accuracy in each, which is an impressive feat, especially considering she aced each exam on her first try. 


Congratulations Evelyn! 🎉 We are proud of her dedication and perseverance, serving as an inspiration to all facing similar challenges on their journey towards digital and linguistic skill level. 


 

DO YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED?


If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community, this is it! Your support helps us bring our programs and services to over 1000 low income and immigrant families in the DC area! 🏡💚  


  1. Make a donation: Show your support, every amount counts! 

  1. Volunteer: Give us a hand and start making a difference! 

  1. Send a needed gift via amazon Wishlist!

 

As always, THANK YOU!!!  
 




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