Habla Conmigo Academy, Stanford University

  • Stanford




450 Serra Mall, Bldg 420
United States

About Us

The mission of the Habla Conmigo Academy is to provide low-income Latino parents with new knowledge, skills, and confidence to nurture their children’s potential for learning, with the goal of bridging the achievement gap.  This innovative intervention program is grounded in scientific research showing that caregivers’ interactions with infants and young children at home have a powerful impact on the development of language and socio-emotional abilities that enable children to reach their full potential in school and later life.  Developed in Spanish with a strong focus on Latino cultural values, the Habla Conmigo Academy started with an 8-week program of group sessions and home visits for vulnerable Spanish-speaking parents of 18-month-old toddlers.  Evaluation of this community-based intervention has used rigorous direct measures of change in both mothers’ and children’s behavior to show robust positive effects: when assessed 6 months later, mothers who participated in the Habla Conmigo Academy are significantly more engaged with their 2-year-olds, and their children are significantly more advanced in language proficiency, compared to mothers and children in a matched control group.

In the next stage of growth, this successful evidence-based program for Latino parents of children in their 2nd year will be extended to additional sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Another primary goal is to expand the curriculum of the Habla Conmigo Academy so that parents can continue their education, learning new age-appropriate parenting skills as their children face new developmental challenges in their 3rd and 4th years.   Because child development is a continuous and cumulative process, parents need continuous and cumulative support in nurturing their children’s rapidly changing learning abilities from infancy to preschool – a period of extraordinary developmental potential with lifelong consequences.

Central to this effort is an ongoing rigorous scientific evaluation of the efficacy of this intervention, showing that positive changes in the quality of caregiver-child interactions can strengthen childrens' language skills.