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Susana Carella – Advocating in Massachusetts


There’s a lot going on in education in Massachusetts and Mom Congress delegate Susana Carella is right in the middle of it all.

She says, “I found myself profoundly drawn to the issues of kindergarten readiness and parental involvement, and that interest took me down the path of early literacy. There I met some fantastic folks and organizations, many of whom you already know, some of whom are specific to MA. These include Early Education for All Strategies for Children, an MA organization that seeks to advance early literacy by promoting MA legislation which focuses on the 0-5 period. I have also continued my relationship with Reach Out and Read.”

Through her connections with Mom Congress and Reach Out and Read, Susana was invited to speak at a conference on bilingualism and early literacy, something she deemed an “amazing experience,” giving her a chance to meet people and make connections that will be really helpful in her work.

She’s responding to editorials in the newspaper and staying engaged in the conversation in her state.

More in Susana’s own words:

“I approached Sylvan Learning Center, a private tutoring company, about the possibility of creating an early literacy class for non-English speaking parents that would teach parents how to effectively introduce books and reading into their young children's lives. The goal is to make this kind of program widely available by offering large classes at an affordable rate. We have plans to continue talking about this project in January.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Donna DiFillippo, executive director of MA Raising a Reader. She's an absolute firecracker that would make an excellent addition to the Mom Congress family. I am positive 2012 will allow me an opportunity to speak with her at greater length and come up with something fantastic for the cities of Chelsea and Lynn in terms of early literacy. My hope is to pair her up with the Sylvan Learning Center and really set some wheels in motion.

“I'm working closely with the principal of my daughter's school to start some parent "education" initiatives so they can confidently take on their role as their children's first and primary educators.”

Keep the good news coming Susana! We’re so glad you’re part of the Mom Congress team!

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.