Case Study: Baldwin Park, CA

Mark Skvarna served as superintendent at Baldwin Park Unified School District in Southern California for 13 years. Under his leadership, the district was the first to implement the You: Your Child’s First Teacher program for Early Head Start, Head Start, and K-12 levels.


“We feel strongly that the advantage of having parental engagement in our schools will make a huge difference in the future. Having the parents involved in this equation in education is critical.” 

– Dr. Jacob Chavez, Cartwright School District Superintendent, Phoenix, AZ

“As a veteran teacher, I can say that this book should be a must read for all parents.”

– Kevin Rutter, 2010 Illinois Teacher of the Year

“You’re not going to get anywhere without a parent involvement piece in a high-poverty district [or] a district with an English Language Learner component…until the parents know that they have help… [The YOU Program] is responsible for a lot of our successes.” 

– Mark Skvarna, Former Baldwin Park Unified School District Superintendent, L.A. County, CA

“Excellent workshop. Needs to be implemented in all schools. First time I have seen a structured, truly holistic approach to parent engagement.”

– Dayton, OH workshop attendee

“The books were very informative, strategic, and organized. They will help manage the growth patterns of any child.” 

– Trina Carpenter, parent and YOU Program workshop attendee

“I especially like how the content was interwoven with the Common Core Standards. Parents should know what their students should know and be able to do according to these standards.”

– Kevin Rutter, 2010 Illinois Teacher of the Year

“The more parents we have involved, the better we can help the kids.”

– Dayton, OH workshop attendee


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