Programs of Valley Settlement

Valley Settlement programming centers on school readiness, elementary school achievement, economic stability and community engagement for local families. Our focus is low-income families who are not successfully settled or attached to the community in which they live. Through community organizing and partnerships with local nonprofits, schools and government agencies, we work to support and empower these families.

We believe that we can reduce school achievement gaps through this dual generation approach.

Early Childhood Education

VSP’s Early Childhood Education programs serve a population of young children who would otherwise have no preschool experience prior to entering kindergarten, putting them at high risk of poor school achievement. Our programs are based on the philosophy that the family is the child’s first teacher. We build trusting relationships with families and work together to support the healthy development of their children. Our goal is to increase school readiness through child-centered, bilingual programming, rich in language and social emotional experiences.

Parent and Adult Engagement

Valley Settlement addresses the challenges to education for impoverished families—lack of information, fear, childcare issues, accessibility—by offering a variety of community-based adult education and leadership opportunities, such as: information sessions, and guidance to ESL, GED, Spanish literacy, and computer classes.