A group of Aurora Public Schools students recently took part in a parent engagement session hosted by RISE Colorado. RISE is a nonprofit organization that helps educate, engage and empower low-income families and families of color.
The APS students who participated are parents of some of the school district's youngest students who attend Early Beginnings, a new early childhood development center for children three weeks to five years old.
Maria Casillas has a son and daughter who attend Early Beginnings. She admitted it is often a struggle for teen parents to focus on both their children's education and their own.
"We have kids and we have to go to school, so it's a lot harder for us," she said.
Thankfully, Casillas has found teachers and programs to help and motivate her. She plans to graduate and expects her children graduate as well.
During the event, organizers introduced easy tips and tools to promote education at home. For example, parents should read at least one or two books with their children every night.
"Choosing education is the best possible thing for you and your children," emphasized RISE Co-Founder Veronica Palmer.