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Inspiración to hold ribbon cutting for early childhood program at Alta Vista Elementary

BACKGROUND: Inspiración is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents become active participants in the process of preparing children ages zero to three-years-old for school. The organization’s data-driven program provides classes and home visits to help all families build parenting skills as well as to meet the unique needs of Latino families residing in Waco ISD. Inspiración’s goal is to ensure that all Waco ISD students are kindergarten ready.

At Alta Vista Elementary, Inspiración has partnered with Waco ISD, Transformation Waco and Prosper Waco to provide parenting education, early childhood classes and home visits for families with young children living in the school’s attendance zone. Inspiración has provided funding for two staff positions: a program specialist and a parent educator. Both are employed by Prosper Waco. Waco ISD and Transformation Waco supervise the employees and provide space on campus for parenting and early childhood classes. All four organizations also bring their unique expertise and deep commitment to early childhood education to the partnership. The program at Alta Vista Elementary currently serves 13 families. That number is expected to grow, and the program may alWso add locations at other elementary campuses in the years to come.

The event on Wednesday will include a ribbon cutting for Inspiración’s dedicated space at Alta Vista Elementary. Campus principal Karmen Logan and district superintendent A. Marcus Nelson will describe how the program is making a difference for the community’s youngest learners. Inspiración board members Hector Sabido and Betty Bauer will discuss the organization’s history and acknowledge key partners, including Baylor University and the Bowen Family Foundation, who made the program’s launch possible.

Immediately following the Inspiración ribbon cutting, the Junior League of Waco and United Way of Waco-McLennan County will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Born Learning Trail in Alta Vista Park, which is adjacent to the elementary school. As part of Hands On Waco (HOW) Day 2018 and in partnership with the City of Waco, the Junior League of Waco provided funding and volunteers to create interactive stations throughout the park where families with young children can participate in fun, age-appropriate learning activities.

For more on Born Learning Trails in the Waco area and the ribbon cutting for the trail in Alta Vista Park, please contact Tiffani Johnson, United Way of Waco-McLennan County Director of Impact and Engagement, at 254-752-2753 or