WHY? CSPC recognizes the monumental achievement gap between Latino and non- Latino children in the State of Colorado. That gap does not start in middle school or high school, the gap starts when children enter Kindergarten.  In order to close the achievement gap CSPC believes that we must start with our youngest children by educating and providing support to the women who care for them hence Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) was created.Paso pic 2

The purpose of the Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) training program is to create an equitable, replicable, community based model program for providing professional development in early childhood education to Latino, Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) providers to: promote school readiness to Latino children, birth to 5 years old, and to prevent the achievement gap between Latino and non-Latino children before they enter Kindergarten.

Studies have shown that Latino children enter Kindergarten 35 to 40 points below their Anglo counterparts.  We know that over 50 percent of Latino children birth to 5 years old are in Family Friend (FNN).

HOW? PASO is and intensive 120 hour early childhood education program. The PASO training is accomplished through the presentation of 30 separate 4-hour seminar classes by the Program Trainers – referred to in the program as Tías, or “aunties” – over a period of 12 months. This training is supplemented by visits twice a month by the Tias( trainers) to the homes of the caregivers to respond to questions, make sure all the relevant points were understood by the caregivers, and to discuss with them how the information might be applied to the care and education the caregivers are providing to the children.  PASO FFN providers receive certification in First Aid, CPR, Universal Precautions, and Medication Administration.


WHAT? The PASO Program also administers materials and training to caregivers to help them convert an area in their homes into learning centers for small children. All educational materials are provided with a view towards helping the caregiver convert whatever area they have available into a small educationally stimulating learning environment.

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PASO prepares FFN Providers to apply the Child Development Associate certification (CDA), a National Credentialing Program based out of Washington DC.  PASO assists FFN providers to apply for the CDA and demonstrate their knowledge of the CDA’s six competency standards and thirteen functional areas.

PASO hosts several community events that bring all the children and families of the PASO providers together to learn and socialize.  PASO changes the lives of the women in the program but most importantly PASO prepares our youngest and most vulnerable population to be ready for Kindergarten  and school success.