Chicanos Por La Causa gets grant for family literacy

A $480,000 grant will be used to teach parents about family literacy and advocacy for their children in education and health services.

The Helios Education Foundation awarded the grant to Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. The grant will support a two-year program for more than 2,000 parents in Pima, Coconino, Maricopa and Yuma counties.

Parents will be trained in the Abriendo Puertas curriculum, a leadership program designed by and for Latino parents with children ages 0 to 5.

“Parents understand that education is the foundation for a brighter future, but they may lack the necessary skills that can help them navigate through the complexities of the educational and health-care systems,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, President and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa. “The right tools will enable parents to be more informed and better support their child’s life success.”

Sunnyside district appoints deputy superintendent

Jan Vesely has been named deputy superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District.

Vesely previously served as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction since September 2013. She held the same role from 2007 to 2009, before leaving the district to work as the senior vice president for Education and Achievement Services with Pearson Education.

As deputy superintendent, Vesely will continue to head the district’s curriculum and instruction team and she will also work on school improvement, including overseeing the transformation of Challenger Middle School which recently received a school improvement grant.

Vesely’s appointment was unanimously approved by the governing board last week.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea and Veronica Cruz. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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