UCLA Labor Center

Learning Together! An Innovative Tutoring Program for Low-wage Janitor, Garment, and Domestic Worker Children

2019 / Janna Shadduck-Hernández, Marisol Granillo Arce

The Parent Worker Project empowers low-wage parent workers in Los Angeles to advocate for their children’s education. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this program brings together workers, community organizations, schools, and policy stakeholders to promote the academic success of all students. The project’s first iteration successfully trained janitor parents, and the current initiative engages garment and domestic workers and their children in partnership with worker-led organizations: the Garment Worker Center(GWC) and IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California). 

While parents participate in a variety of adult education workshops, their children receive tutoring from UCLA students in the Learning Together! program, which was conceived, developed and put into practice by the UCLA Labor Center with tutor scholarships from the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, and the Parent Alliance.

To learn more about our innovative tutoring model and the impact of the Parent Worker Project, we invite you to read our report.


Related Links

Parent Worker Project One Pager
Parent to Parent, Building to Building, School to School
Our Children Deserve a Chance
W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Continue Support for Early Childhood Engagement

Videos Links

Inside the Parent Worker Project
Parent Worker Project (Short Video)
Parent Worker Project (Full-Length Video)

Media Links

UCLA Newsroom- UCLA students host working-class families to forge connections to campus
Daily Bruin – Children from working-class families invited to UCLA to see opportunities
KPCC- Janitors spreading value of early education among immigrants
La Opinión- Conserjes impulsan la educación de sus hijos
La Opinión- Trabajadores de bajos recursos promueven la educación de sus hijos
UCLA Newsroom- Janitors learn to dream big at UCLA and advocate for their children in school
UCLA Newsroom- UCLA Labor Center to train garment, domestic workers to advocate for children’s education
Univision- UCLA lanza programa de tutoría para niños, jóvenes y padres hispanos en centros laborales