“Are you Listo to learn?!”

Listo means “ready” in Spanish, and here in Southern Oregon Head Start we take that phrase to a whole new level.

LISTO Family Literacy is a program of SOHS that provides culturally specific learning opportunities for Latinx families in Jackson County.

Last year the wonderful team at LISTO met challenges such as family displacement and providing distance learning to families who may not have had access to technology needed for virtual classes. In 2020-2021 LISTO staff even stayed connected with local partners to supply food boxes and assistance. “Many of our Listo families have come to a new country. They have big dreams. And those dreams are bigger than their fears,” said Patty Gutierrez.

LISTO created a distance learning service model and new program components to help continue child and family education outside of the classroom. Distance learning features story times and joyful check-ins for participating infants and toddlers. Preschool-age kids prepare for kindergarten, while older kids get individual homework help from accredited teachers- all virtually. Our LISTO family has gone above and beyond to help Latinx families in Jackson County to be “listo” to learn and grow. They were featured in The Collins Foundation’s annual report for 2020-2021 for their exceptional level of support of families in our community.

We are so proud of our LISTO program for its success in changing the lives of Latinx families in our community. Learn more about our LISTO program.

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