New Spanish Language Program Launched to Help More Families Access K-12 Schools
The National School Choice Awareness Foundation (NSCAF) recently announced the launch of “Conoce tus Opciones Escolares” (Know Your School Options), a new nonprofit program that gives Spanish-speaking parents practical, unbiased information about mainstream audiences, public charter, public loving, private, online and home schooling.
With a significant number of Spanish-language resources, such as guides and videos, parents now have the ability to access the various K-12 school choice options available, a launch that confirms the results of a recent national survey that indicates that 59% of Hispanic parents have actively sought out new or different schools for their children in the past year.
Krissia Campos Spivey, Project Director of Conoce tus Opciones Escolares, said:
Nearly 30% of Hispanic families say they want school choice information provided in Spanish.
Through the opcionescolares.com platform, parents can get information on how to choose each type of school in their state, answers to common questions, instructional videos and more. Among the most valuable resources, these stand out:
- Narrative roadmaps of school choice options in each U.S. state
- Explanations on how parents can access the different types of schools
- Tips for successfully starting and completing the school search process
- Culturally relevant videos, e.g. contrasting American and Latin American education systems
“Parents have a lot of questions about how to choose the right school for their children. We know how important family is, which is why language should never be a barrier for parents to know their school choice options,” added Campos Spivey.
Over the next year, the program’s impact will expand to include additional publications, content-sharing partnerships with nonprofits, and special events.
Designed to enable Hispanic parents to successfully find the schools and learning environments that best meet the needs of their children, this platform offers the largest online portfolio of Spanish language school navigation resources for families.
This is a charitable program of NSCAF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It also hosts National School Choice Week, the largest annual series of events and activities focused on K-12 education.
“I am honored to lead a program that addresses the urgent need to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students in the United States. The dropout rate for Hispanic students is 65% higher than for white students, and disruptions in K-12 education over the past two years have widened the racial achievement gap.When I think about the future I want for my sons, I know this project will help parents access with success in school choice options for their children,” concluded Campos Spivey.