Leadership, Early Learning, Access Program (LEAP)
LEAP is a home-based early learning program that enhances parenting knowledge, healthy child development, school readiness, and parent-child attachment. It also promotes cultural knowledge-sharing for home visitors, builds parent networks through gatherings and events, and provides opportunities for children to play and learn together.
LEAP serves the diverse, multiethnic communities living in Kent.
Learn, Integrate, Network, Collaborate (LINC)
LINC is a linkage and referral program that serves families with young children up to 5 years old. LINC’s cultural navigators work closely with families to identify current needs and future goals before connecting them to culturally and linguistically matched services. Cultural navigators work collaboratively with families, supporting them every step of the way and ensuring families are satisfied with services.
Our Early Learning Community Leaders
Zohra is a LEAP home visitor and came to CRB with a background in leadership and working with families as a monitoring and evaluation officer for a World Bank project in Afghanistan, the goal of which was to help poor families with horticulture and livestock care so that they could become self-sufficient. With LEAP, Zohra currently works with 12 families from Afghanistan who are either expecting and/or have children under 5 years old. She shares research and helps parents learn how to care for themselves and their baby during pregnancy as well as supporting children in early learning and school readiness.
Sharon Bamage is a married mother of a 17-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, and came to the U.S. as a refugee. She has worked as a Home Visitor at CRB since 2019. She has also worked as a private caregiver and volunteer at Ubumwe Women Association. Sharon has a degree in nursing and social studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo. As a Community Leader at CRB, Sharon works with immigrant families that speak French, Swahili, Lingala, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi — to help them understand and navigate the U.S. educational system and to prepare their children for kindergarten.
Fathia Hammad is one of our LEAP mentors, taking a leadership role in program delivery and supporting other LEAP home visitors in a variety of ways. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Social Studies from Khartoum University in Sudan. In nonprofit, she has held various roles, such as family advocate, interpreter, community leader, case manager, and a developmental screening program. As a Home Visitor in the LEAP program, Fathia provides support to Sudanese parents and their children with activities and early learning skills for school readiness.
Claudia Padilla Gonzalez is a Community Leader Mentor and LEAP home visitor, currently working closely with 14 families and 15 kids. She has been a part of this program from the very beginning and continues to support the growth and development of all families and other LEAP staff by acting as a leader and mentor in the program. Claudia has worked in education for most of her career with students of many different ages, but she really enjoys working with young children because the kids begin to learn everything at this age. Claudia is from Mexico, and currently lives in Auburn with her husband, daughter, and one cute puppy.
Faten is a LEAP home visitor. In this role, she supports Arabic-speaking families, translates articles into Arabic to share knowledge about child development, healthy growth, school readiness, as well as what is happening in the greater community that affects these families, and children’s activities that the parent and the child can work on together. Faten makes sure that all her families have knowledge and understanding of what they can do to support their children until they go to school. Faten loves helping the families and supporting the children in her community.
Adriana has been a home visitor with LEAP since 2019. Prior to 2019, she worked in a daycare with infants and preschool-aged children. Adriana also participated in the LEAP program as a client when her two sons with special needs were younger. In Mexico, her native country, she earned a bachelor’s degree in primary education. She loves belonging to CRB because through the LEAP program she has been able to assist different families in her Latinx community. When she is not working, she loves to read and spend time with family and friends.