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Four Components of Family Literacy Programs

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The Development of the National Family Literacy Program Model

Four Components of Family Literacy Programs

  1. Adult Education
  2. Children's Education
  3. Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time
  4. Parent Time

Adult StudentsCore Values Guiding Our Work with Families

  • All families have strengths
  • Parents can and should set goals and make decisions about their lives and the lives of their families
  • Families are culturally and individually diverse; this diversity is healthy and natural and enriches the community
  • The family is a system of influence, and the transmission of values happens within that system
  • The family is the appropriate focus to influence the attitudes, values, and expectations communicated in the home
  • If families are to thrive, the needs of individual family members must be met
  • Families struggle with multiple problems, concerns, and issues and may require regular support and assistance with these non-educational needs
  • Literacy is an ongoing process; it exists on a continuum
  • Learning and teaching should be relevant and student-centered
  • The teaching / learning process is reciprocal for parents and children
  • Change takes time; it is a gradual process

Sample Program Goals

  • Improve basic and English language skills, and raise the educational level of parents
  • Help parents develop skills and knowledge needed to become employed or to pursue further education or training
  • Enable parents to become familiar with and comfortable in school settings and promote parental involvement
  • Increase the development skills of children and better prepare them for academic and social success
  • Improve the relationship of parents and children through planned, regular time together
  • Enhance the parenting skills of adult participants and encourage action and advocacy


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