For Immediate Release
Oct. 21, 2015
Dr. Catherine Cushinberry,, 601-969-6936

Parents for Public Schools Joins the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

The national office of Parents for Public Schools (PPS) proudly joins the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ 25th Anniversary Call to Action. PPS commits to create Feliz Inicio (Happy Start), a program that will provide skill-building opportunities for Hispanic parents with pre-school children. PPS is thrilled to be part of this effort to help #LatinosAchieve.

PPS’s Feliz Inicio program will help Hispanic parents promote healthy early childhood development practices that prepare their children for later academic success.  During the two-year project, PPS plans to provide early childhood development education to 80 Hispanic parents with children 0-5 years old.  Subsequent to the training, parents will be given the opportunity to become a part of a support group that will provide ongoing peer assistance and cooperative learning.

“Parent engagement must begin early, be culturally responsive to the needs of parents and caregivers, and create ways to provide platforms for voices of families that tend to be marginalized,” said Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. “In order for our commitment to be successful, we know we must have Hispanic parents involved in the creation process for this program.  Parent engagement programs work best when they are informed by parents and caregivers.”

In October 2014, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics launched a Year of Action and with it a national call for Commitments to Action in honor of its 25th anniversary. In the spirit of what President Obama calls a “shared responsibility,” the Initiative challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community. On October 15, 2015, the President announced 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of nearly $340 million that will build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.

To learn more about the Initiative and to view the full list of Commitments to Action visit The full list of Commitments to Action and online Commitment catalog will be featured at