Adelante Mujers offers a bilingual early childhood education program which promotes social and emotional development, love of books and reading, and enthusiasm for learning. Offering educational experiences to the children of the women participating in the adult education program assures that the mothers can attend class regularly and focus on their studies.
These women are hard at work in their classes through the Adelante Educación program. While the women enter our program with a variety of educational backgrounds, the average participant has a 6th-grade education. When a woman graduates from our program, she will have taken classes in English, mathematics, literature, parenting and leadership development, and will be fully prepared to take the GED exam.
Adelante Mujeres takes a holistic approach to education. Our programs turn learning into a family activity by incorporating several activities where mothers and children interact throughout the day, such as reading time and a music class.
Adelante Mujeres’ commitment to cultural affirmation includes the annual Posada Christmas celebration, reenacting Mary and Joseph’s search for “a room at the inn”.
"The education committee members of the Westside Quilters Guild (http://www.westsidequilters.org/) have been working with the women in the leadership class of Adelante Mujeres since last September to make a quilt that would reflect their cultural heritage and that would be displayed in their office and at events. This project was funded by the Cultural Coalition of Washington County through a grant written by the Westside Quilters Guild."
"At the first meeting in September of 2011, the women learned a little about the history of quilts and saw many samples of quilts made by guild members. They then learned to do appliqué with a practice quilt kit and leaf design put together by the committee and could refer to a poster board demonstration of each of the appliqué steps which remained in class."
"During the second gathering, they received and began to work on the new kits for the Adelante quilt project which contained the pictures they drew or chose to reflect their cultural heritage."