Family Literacy Program
For refugee families from Burma, there is a need to have a program that serves both parents and preschool-aged children. Lack of childcare resources prevents many refugees from attending classes and workshops, and many families involved in CRB programs have young children. CRB's Family Literacy program is designed to address main educational barriers affecting both recently arrived refugee adults and their preschool aged children. In this program, preschool-age children receive early childhood education and school-readiness instruction, while their parents receive ESL instruction. This class meets three times a week in Kent, WA. Mondays and Wednesdays are dedicated to classroom instruction. On Fridays, parents learn about child development, school readiness, and navigating the school systems.
CRB works with both Seattle and Kent Public School Districts to provide targeted, individualized educational programming to recently arrived refugee students and their families. In 2012, the Seattle Youth Program added two new projects: the Seattle Summer School pilot for K-8, and an in-home tutoring program for K-12. CRB also provides educational workshops for parents to strengthen their parenting skills in advocating for their children's education. For the Kent Youth Program, CRB works closely with the Kent School District to provide after-school programming to build students' writing and reading comprehension skills. CRB also provides a series of workshops regarding high school graduation programs, high school completion program options, and the transition to college.
CRB provides the Leadership, Early Learning, Access Program (LEAP) to diverse, multi-ethnic communities living in Kent, WA. LEAP is a Home-Based early learning program that enhances parenting knowledge, healthy child development, school readiness, and parent-child attachment. LEAP also focuses on cultural knowledge sharing for home visitors, building parent networks through gatherings and events, and providing opportunities for children to play and learn together.
CRB’s Youth Program (YP) offers educational programs for children in grades K-12 in the Kent School District, including reading support, homework support and enrichment, high school graduation support; and college access and scholarship application support. The YP also steers the Refugee and Immigrant Youth Advisory Council (RIYAC), a council of youth who use advocacy to address community challenges, promote systems change and inform CRB’s work.
Family Support Programs
CRB’s Family Support Programs provide intensive case management through the following programs: SPARK, a systems navigation program for families living in the city of Seattle; Journey, a mentoring program that helps young adults with high school completion and/or college enrollment in Kent; and PRIME, a program supporting refugees and asylees by providing intensive case support and referral for basic needs in King County.