Communities for
Education and
Action

Communities for
Education and
Action

Communities for
Education and
Action

Communities for
Education and
Action

Communities for
Education and
Action



Focus Areas:

Focus Areas:


Equitable access to high quality education
Closing the opportunity gap
Family engagement
Parent leadership in schools

Equitable access to high quality education

Closing the opportunity gap

Family engagement

Parent leadership in schools

Equitable access to high quality education
Closing the opportunity gap
Family engagement
Parent leadership in schools


The Partnership for Community Action has worked to improve educational opportunities for students and families, focusing on education policy and closing the opportunity gap. PCA works to equip families with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively advocate for their children. We work with parents, community members, and educational leaders to ensure success for students and their families.
The Partnership for Community Action has worked to improve educational opportunities for students and families, focusing on education policy and closing the opportunity gap. PCA works to equip families with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively advocate for their children. We work with parents, community members, and educational leaders to ensure success for students and their families.
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Kids are our priority and our future. We need to make bold and permanent investments in our children. Every child deserves the resources and opportunities to succeed in school and throughout life.
Kids are our priority and our future. We need to make bold and permanent investments in our children. Every child deserves the resources and opportunities to succeed in school and throughout life.
– Adrian Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Abriendo Puertas
– Adrian Pedroza, National Director of Strategic Partnerships, Abriendo Puertas

Communities for education and action

Communities for education and action

Through the Communities for Education and Action (CEA) model, PCA is helping to build a movement of active, passionate and engaged parent advocates that promote quality early learning for our state’s children. Through a series of opportunities to take action, parents grow into leaders and strong advocates for their child’s education in the home, school and greater community. With support from one-another, parents are transforming our community.

Building from Cultural Assets

Building from Cultural Assets

The Communities for Education and Action project is based in the national Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors curriculum. Parents from across the community join parent leadership classes that focus on early learning and advocacy within the school. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors emphasizes that parents are the best first teachers of their children.
The Communities for Education and Action project is based in the national Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors curriculum. Parents from across the community join parent leadership classes that focus on early learning and advocacy within the school. Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors emphasizes that parents are the best first teachers of their children.

Our Model: Growth Through Leadership Development

Leadership development is a key component of the Communities for Education and Action project. Our model is unique in that we teach the class solely through interns who are graduate parents from previous classes. They are parents who demonstrate the desire to become leaders in their school. They apprentice under a seasoned facilitator and then return to their children’s school and community to become a lead facilitator. Through this model, CEA is not only supporting the development of strong leaders, but also building capacity that is integral to its long-term sustainability and growth.
Communities for Education and Action Poster

Our Model: Growth Through Leadership Development

Leadership development is a key component of the Communities for Education and Action project. Our model is unique in that we teach the class solely through interns who are graduate parents from previous classes. They are parents who demonstrate the desire to become leaders in their school. They apprentice under a seasoned facilitator and then return to their children’s school and community to become a lead facilitator. Through this model, CEA is not only supporting the development of strong leaders, but also building capacity that is integral to its long-term sustainability and growth.

Program Impact

Since the project began in 2010, its positive impact has extended from young children to families to communities to the state. Specifically, CEA has supported:
Since the project began in 2010, its positive impact has extended from young children to families to communities to the state. Specifically, CEA has supported:
  • 600 families taking the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors course
  • Programming in 18+ community schools and early learning centers
  • The state increasing its acknowledgement and investment in quality early childhood education;
  • Families learning how to successfully navigate the educational system and feel ownership of their children’s educational success
  • Improving the quality of early learning opportunities to support the healthy development and learning of children birth to eight years
  • Families becoming strong advocates on behalf of quality education and systems change at the local and state level
  • Parents engaging in civic activity at all levels of the community including: joining decision making groups at their children’s school, participating in voter registration and voter education, participating in city council meetings and county commission meetings, advocating at the state legislature, and visiting our nation’s capital to discuss the creation of a national network of parent leaders with leadership organizations from across the U.S.
  • 600 families taking the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors course
  • Programming in 18+ community schools and early learning centers
  • The state increasing its acknowledgement and investment in quality early childhood education;
  • Families learning how to successfully navigate the educational system and feel ownership of their children’s educational success
  • Improving the quality of early learning opportunities to support the healthy development and learning of children birth to eight years
  • Families becoming strong advocates on behalf of quality education and systems change at the local and state level
  • Parents engaging in civic activity at all levels of the community including: joining decision making groups at their children’s school, participating in voter registration and voter education, participating in city council meetings and county commission meetings, advocating at the state legislature, and visiting our nation’s capital to discuss the creation of a national network of parent leaders with leadership organizations from across the U.S.
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During a meeting, some parents raised a concern about the school’s dual language program. CEA parent leaders who attend that school chimed-in and very professionally explained the multitude of benefits children receive when they are bilingual.
– Principal Annittra Altar, Adobe Acres Elementary
During a meeting, some parents raised a concern about the school’s dual language program. CEA parent leaders who attend that school chimed-in and very professionally explained the multitude of benefits children receive when they are bilingual.
– Principal Annittra Altar, Adobe Acres Elementary

Educadores Para Los Niños Del Futuro

Educadores Para Los Niños Del Futuro

The Educadores para los Niños del Futuro Network is a childcare provider network for home-based early childhood educators, who are at all levels of their profession, leadership development & business structure. PCA organizes with over 50 home based child care providers to narrow the information gap and advance policy and systems recommendations to support this essential network of education professionals and business owners.
The Educadores para los Niños del Futuro Network is a childcare provider network for home-based early childhood educators, who are at all levels of their profession, leadership development & business structure. PCA organizes with over 50 home based child care providers to narrow the information gap and advance policy and systems recommendations to support this essential network of education professionals and business owners.
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I am very grateful to the Network and PCA for helping me when I most needed it in the process of opening my licensed home based childcare center. My service as the Network Board President is a way I express my gratitude, returning a little of the support that the Network has given me in achieving my goal of having my own business.
I am very grateful to the Network and PCA for helping me when I most needed it in the process of opening my licensed home based childcare center. My service as the Network Board President is a way I express my gratitude, returning a little of the support that the Network has given me in achieving my goal of having my own business.
- Yadira Sanchez, Educadores para los Niños del Futuro Network Board President
- Yadira Sanchez, Educadores para los Niños del Futuro Network Board President