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Padres Preparados Research

Padres Preparados

Padres Preparados is a multimedia parenting curriculum for low-income Spanish speaking families with preschool-age children. The program targets seven evidence-based parenting skills that foster children’s school readiness and family well-being. Delivered through a lively blend of in-person and video-based instruction, Padres Preparados offers parents clear models of essential parenting skills as well as practice and reinforcement activities. The program’s text messaging component provides access to reviews, reminders, and practice support.

Padres Preparados

  1. Language and literacy
  2. Encouragement
  3. Clear directions
  4. Routines
  5. Emotional regulation
  6. Appropriate consequences
  7. Family problem-solving


Funded by the National Institutes of Health*, Padres Preparados is the result of a collaboration between Dr. Melanie Domenech-Rodriguez (Utah State University), an expert in the cultural adaptation of research-based parenting interventions for Latino populations, and IRIS Educational Media, a research firm in Eugene, Oregon that produces digital media and training for educational communities.

The development of Padres Preparados has been informed by a diverse group of individuals and stakeholders, including Latino parents, Head Start staff, parent educators, policy makers, and community-based social service agencies.  The program seeks to address the strengths and needs of low-income Latino families with young children and those who serve them.  

During the 2015-16 school year, the Padres Preparados program will be evaluated in a randomized control trial with 132 Latino parents whose children attend Head Start or other day care programs. Head Start Centers in Salem, McMinnville, and Eugene, Oregon are facilitating the evaluation.  Each Head Start Center will offer the series of Padres Preparados classes one evening a week, with dinner and childcare provided. Classes will be taught by Spanish-speaking Head Start parent educators who have received the Padres Preparados training and materials. The evaluation will measure the effects of the Padres Preparados curriculum on parents’ knowledge, self-efficacy, and behavior related to parenting practices.

Head Start Centers see this as an opportunity to support Latino families in their community and to be a part of creating a program that will continue to help Latino families across the country. 


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