Track C

Early Learning Ambassadors

Lucy Gomez-Feliciano, Director of Early Learning and Health, Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Using the Community Health Worker (CHW) model, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago has successfully piloted, “Early Learning Ambassadors”. Ambassadors are peer educators who are leaders in their community, belong to the same culture, speak the same language (Spanish), and have similar life experiences. Using the two generation framework, they create safe supportive social spaces for parents and their young children. Ambassadors facilitate three evidence based curriculums: Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, 2) Cooking Matters and 3) the International Child/Parent Development Program (ICDP) and run Nature Play Group.