It didn’t take long for the Hernandez family to connect with Talk/Read/Succeed! once they heard about it.
That was in 2010, shortly after they moved to Springfield Housing Authority’s Sullivan Apartments, when Daniel and Natasha Hernandez and their five young children attended the annual ‘Back to School’ outdoor extravaganza sponsored by T/R/S! The collaborative program has a focus on early and family literacy.
T/R/S! Outreach Coordinator Lynne Cimino told them about the other programs coming up – family gatherings featuring art projects, reading, author visits, events aimed at helping parents focus on early literacy, even a Job Club for out-of-work adults – and both Daniel and Natasha were in.
“We knew we were interested, so we went to a few of the programs to check it out,” Daniel explained. “Everything we did, we liked. So did the kids.”
Natasha added, “There’s so much for the family. The kids loved it because they always have fun things to do, and there’s so much interaction with other kids and families.”
The Hernandez family has grown into something of a poster child for the T/R/S! program, having mastered the four founding pillars of the collaborative program – parent engagement, parent education, child education and family self-sufficiency.