Merced County Office of Education

 Abriendo Puertas

Parent Outreach Specialist
Project Manager/Behavior Support Specialist

Phone: (209) 381-6790 ext. 6146
Address:1460 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA 95340
Fax: (209) 381-6758

Abriendo Puertas is the nation’s first evidenced-based comprehensive educational program for Latino parents with children age 0-5. Evaluated by researchers from UC Berkeley, it has been validated as effective in strengthening parenting behavior, building critical knowledge about early childhood, and developing the leadership and advocacy skills of Latino parents.


  • Facilitate a 10-week course at each elementary school in Merced County.

  • Provide education and support to help parents learn skills to feel more confident in their parenting and empowered to help their children succeed in school, help parents gain skills to advocate for their children, and help parents gain increased social support and social connections.

  • Train school staff members and/or parent volunteers to implement Abriendo Puertas with families.

  • Help districts explore ways to build capacity in the use of Abriendo Puertas as a parent engagement tool.

  • Provide ongoing support to districts continuing to implement Abriendo Puertas.

  • Coordinate inter-organization (schools/ school districts) conversations to improve communication with each other in order to explore and share local best practices for involving parents as key partners in their children’s education.