Program Details:

Co-designing with parents an early education program for children birth-3

Our overarching goal is to co-design, together with families with children ages 0-3, an effective, culturally-sensitive parent-based early education program.

Specific goals are to:
• Identify parents’ funds of knowledge relevant to parenting and early development.
• Offer parents a safe space to explore their ideas about parenting and development and support each other.
• Empower parents by engaging in the methods scientists use to understand early development.

Together with Bring School Home and Boulder Housing Partners, we will offer monthly parent-child group activities for babies and toddlers. Each session will loosely consist of: 1) Shared snack or “merienda.” 2) Play time: A CU student-led age-appropriate activity modeled either after tasks used by developmental scientists or traditional games. For example, one activity could be to hide a toy in plain view of their child and see if they can find it (illustrating object permanence) or to play aserrín aserrán, a traditional baby rhyme sung while rocking baby back and forth with more or less support (illustrating motor development); parents will make observations taking the role of scientists and observers of their own child. 3) Discussion time: A facilitated open-ended discussion about parenting and development using parents’ observations as starting point.

The program will be offered at two Boulder Housing Partners sites, in English and in Spanish.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.


In Colorado

  • Boulder

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Boulder Housing Partners

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Psychology & Neuroscience, Department of
  • Research Institutes & Centers

    • Cognitive Science (ICS), Institute of

    Program Contact

    Eliana Colunga
    Associate Professor

Program Categories


  • Education (Pre-K/Early Learning)
  • Psychology

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Workshop


  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged

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