The Habla Conmigo Academy builds on foundational research on early child development at Stanford University, where Dr. Anne Fernald and her team have conducted pioneering studies on language learning by Latino children from low-income Spanish-speaking families. These and other studies show that caregivers’ interactions with young children, starting in infancy, have a powerful impact on the development of language, cognitive, and socio-emotional skills that are critical in enabling their children to reach their full potential.
History of Habla Conmigo Academy
Developed in Spanish with a strong focus on Latino cultural values, Habla Conmigo (version 1.0) began in 2012 as an 8-week program for Spanish-speaking parents of toddlers, in collaboration with Grail Family Services in San Jose.
In 2015, the program was revised and expanded from 8 to 24 sessions, with First 5 Santa Clara County as our new community partner. Habla Conmigo Academy (version 2.0) includes 12 weekly workshop sessions with parents, plus 12 weekly practice sessions with parents and children, called Cerebritos ("Little Brains"). Habla Conmigo Academy (2.0) is a 3-level program in which parents can continue to learn with their children at the ages of 1, 2, and 3 years.
The Habla Conmigo Academy brings Latino families with young children together to share the challenges they face as immigrant parents and to gain new knowledge, skills, and confidence to nurture their children’s potential for learning.
By joining the Comunidad Habla Conmigo, an active social network of past and present participants in the Habla Conmigo Academy programs, parents continue to meet regularly to learn and to support one another in raising successful children in a new country.