Meet Diplomat Surena

Surena and Early Steps to School Success

Surena’s teen mother, Rosa, felt isolated and alone until she connected with Save the Children, a rare family resource in her rural town. “I was pregnant and I had nobody talk about what I was afraid of. Save the Children sent me Diana,” said Rosa, speaking warmly of early childhood specialist, Diana Mati.

Diana conducted family home visits as part of Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program. Through such visits, parents are equipped with the skills to successfully support their children’s growth. And as a child grows, the program offers book exchanges and parent-child groups, laying a foundation of language and literacy skills for the child, and opportunities to develop socially and emotionally with their peers. These days, Surena is attending preschool and eagerly awaits getting her book bag each week, as part of the Early Steps to School Success Book Bag Exchange. She and her mom – who was inspired to go on to finish her high school education – are also regularly attending the program’s parent-child groups.

Early childhood specialist Diana Mata reads with Surena, 4, during a home visit as part of Save the Children’s signature Early Steps to School Success program in Central Valley California. Photo credit: Tamar Levine / Save the Children 2017.
Surena, 4, reads during a home visit as part of Save the Children’s signature Early Steps to School Success program in Central Valley California. Photo credit: Tamar Levine / Save the Children 2017.

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