Su Casa de Esperanza is a family education center serving migrant and indigent people living in the Las Milpas colonia south of Pharr, Texas, and Progreso, Texas.
The mission of Su Casa de Esperanza is to improve the spiritual, emotional, physical, economic, intellectual and social well being of families in the Rio Grande Valley. Our vision is to improve the quality of life of children through a faith-based Family Education Program. It is the goal of Su Casa de Esperanza to improve the lives of the people that it serves to break the cycle of adolescent pregnancy, child abuse, illiteracy, and poverty.
The objective of Su Casa is to educate the families about the importance of the parental involvement in the development of a happy child. Efforts are made to provide the family with opportunities that will educate them on the value of family dynamics in raising a healthy child.
To respond to the needs of the communities served, Su Casa de Esperanza implements the following programs:
Early Childhood Development Program
Su Casa De Esperanza’s Early Childhood Development Program has four phases: pre-natal, infant stimulation, toddler, and parenting. Home visits are made to the homes of expectant mothers and mothers of infants. Each visitor makes an effort to bond with the mother and discusses topics such as fetal development, proper nutrition, dangers of over-the-counter medications, dangers of using drugs and alcohol during pregnancy, and instruction in early childhood development. These visits follow a very carefully prepared curriculum of parent education, while at the same time checking for signs of developmental delays, and other problems that might arise in sight, hearing, gross and fine motor skills and cognitive development.
As the child reaches the toddler stage, mothers and babies come to the Family Education Center to continue the developmental stimulation through age-appropriate activities. When the child is twelve months old, until the age of three, the mother and child come to our education center every week for a ninety- minute session with other mothers and babies. The purpose of these sessions is to continue the developmental stimulation through age-appropriate activities. The mother is involved in every activity, and instructed in how to continue working with the child at home between classes.
In addition, the mothers are able to form friendships outside the home with women in similar circumstances; thereby reducing the sense of isolation many feel when they enter the program. At three years of age, the toddlers graduate to the local Head Start Program or public school pre-school education program.
Parent training classes are held for mothers throughout the other stages. The curriculum includes parental responsibility, building relationships, how to bathe and dress the baby, how to communicate with the child, how to manage challenging behavior, childhood illnesses, health and personal safety issues, hygiene, values and manners, nutrition, problem solving techniques, and developmental stages of children.