Mi Familia & Me Evaluation Report
Todos Juntos contracted with the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing to evaluate the Mi Familia & Me program. Researchers used previously collected survey data and conducted focus groups with participants to determine whether the program improved cross-cultural parenting knowledge, confidence, and self-efficacy. Surveys and focus group questions centered on three areas:
- Participants’ knowledge of child development.
- Participants’ parenting skills and confidence.
- Participants’ sense of connection, both in the family and with the community.
Mi Familia & Me is a parenting program aimed at helping English Language Learner families in Central Texas build parenting skills and confidence. The program spans nine months, featuring the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors (AP/OD) curriculum for parents, concurrent activities with children, and experiential activities to build community and apply lessons learned. Approximately 30 parents participate in the program per academic year.
Major findings from the evaluation include:
After completing the 9-month program parents demonstrated increased self-awareness and confidence in being their child’s first teacher. They felt empowered to model effective parenting strategies at home and advocate for their children at school.
After completing the Abriendo Puertos curriculum, parents demonstrated statistically significant increases in knowledge about child development, specifically nutrition, socioemotional development, math skills, technology use, and school readiness.
At the conclusion of the Mi Familia & Me program participants reported strong social and emotional support that they can access when they have emergencies or feel stressed. The safe community and shared experience in the program built a foundation for learning and growth.