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There are a variety of agencies and organizations in West Virginia that offer services that can be blended into effective models for those thinking about developing a comprehensive, four-component family literacy program. Below is a partial listing of these agencies.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Programs (MIHOW)

America Reads

Starting Points Centers

Even Start

Title I Programs

Family Resource Networks (FRN)

Voluntary Literacy Organizations / Public Libraries

Head Start in West Virginia

WV Reads and WV Math

Let's Read WV!

 

 

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Phone: 304-558-5616
www.wvabe.org

West Virginia's ABE program is administered through the federal Adult Education and family Literacy Act by the West Virginia department of Education. The program is designed to serve individuals who:

  • are sixteen years of age or older, not enrolled in a secondary school program
  • lack a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • or lack the skills necessary to function effectively as a worker, parent or citizen

Free instruction is provided in every county and the curriculum covers topics including:

Basic skills refresher courses

English as a Second Language

GED preparation

Preparation for college entrance

Job readiness

Work Readiness

Career exploration

Civil service testing

Computer literacy

Employment testing

Course content includes oral and written communication, reading, math, social studies, science, thinking and learning skills, parenting and family relationships, goal setting, time management, wellness and safety, technology and a variety of other life-skill related topics.

Instruction is provided by certified teachers who undergo a specialized pre-service training prior to employment. In a family literacy program, ABE can provide the adult literacy / education component, in addition to assistance with the Parent Time and PACT Time components.

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America Reads

Phone: 304-367-4830
www.ed.gov/inits/americareads

America Reads is an educational initiative committed to mobilizing public and private resources to help all children learn to read. The America Reads Challenge will accomplish this by marshaling the resources of entire communities - schools and libraries, religious institutions, universities, college students and senior citizens to work together with teachers and parents to teach our children to read.

America Reads targets children in grades K-3 while fostering good reading habits and development. The program's fundamental purpose is to enable parents and educators to complement and expand existing successful literacy efforts. Sites vary in approaches from group reading sessions to individual tutoring sessions and from instruction during school time to enrichment during community activity time.

The America Reads program strives to increase reading achievement and confidence and motivation in addition to a child's sense of control over his / her reading ability, making the initiative a perfect partner in a four-prong family literacy model.

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Even Start

Phone: 304-558-2691
Even Start in WV

Currently, there are 13 Even Start sites in West Virginia serving low income families. Even Start is a federally funded program under Title I, part B, subpart 3 of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). The purpose of the West Virginia Even Start Family Literacy Program is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of West Virginia's low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities into a unified family literacy program.

Family Resource Networks (FRN)

Phone: 304-340-3620
ncfrn.freeyellow.com/
www.spencerwv.com/nonprofit/familyresource.htm
www.homestead.com/ccifrn/home.html

The Family Resource Networks have a mission to facilitate a system of prevention, education and early intervention activities aimed at enabling families, children and their communities to reach their fullest potential through community based planning activities. FRN's are a valuable resource in obtaining information on available family related services in your community. Coordination with your local FRN can enhance the effectiveness of your family literacy program.

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Head Start in West Virginia

Phone: 304-558-4638
www.wvheadstart.org

Head Start programs in West Virginia provide comprehensive early child care and early childhood education services to children between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age. Families must demonstrate that their yearly income falls at or below the Federal Poverty Index in order to receive program services. Children with diagnosed special needs also receive a high priority for enrollment in Head Start and Early Head Start. Ten percent of enrollment slots must be reserved for children with special needs.

The 1998 Reauthorization of Head Start has placed a strong emphasis on family literacy programming. Head Start is a perfect partner for providing the early childhood education component in family literacy programs.

Let's Read WV!

www.americorps.org/joining/direct/direct_wv.html

AmeriCorp is a statewide program that seeks to make sure every child in West Virginia is a reader. AmeriCorp members band together throughout the state to pool their resources to create the Let's Read partnership.

Let's Read WV! was developed by a coalition including the Regional family Resource Network, Community council, Starting Points and Energy Express (a project of WVU Extension Service).

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Maternal Infant Health Outreach Worker Programs (MIHOW)

Phone: 304-558-7817

The Starting Points / Early Parent Education appropriations funds MIHOW programs in twelve counties in the state. MIHOW serves as a community based education and outreach program that improves health and child development in low income rural families. Each MIHOW program is sponsored by a local grassroots agency that recruits local mothers as paraprofessional outreach workers. After training, these professional outreach workers become paid visitors to expectant mothers and families with young children. The MIHOW program focuses on neonatal and infant care, support for healthy lifestyles, positive parenting model and advocacy support with health and social service systems. MIHOW potentially provides an important link to a comprehensive family literacy program.

Starting Points Centers

Phone: 304-558-7817
www.citynet.net/wvfamilies/points.htm

Through state legislated dollars and grants form the Carnegie Foundation, the Governor's Cabinet on Children and families funds eighteen Starting Points centers. These Centers are located in the most depressed areas of the state and are designed to unite existing services in the communities in order to meet the expanding needs of families. Starting Point centers provide one of the state's most optimal resources for comprehensive family literacy models. The centers bring together early education and care services at a single location such as a school, child care center, housing project, or other neighborhood buildings.

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Title I Programs

Phone: 304-558-7805
www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/CEP/

The 1997-98 Title I Performance Report indicated that nine of the LEA's in West Virginia used Title I funds to support family literacy programs. Many districts use Title I funding to support summer programs as well. Administered through the WV department of Education, Title I supports both public and private schools in raising reading level and math ability of young children. Parent involvement is a strong component of Title I programs, When combined with an adult education component, Title I programs can be string partners in a comprehensive family literacy program.

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Voluntary Literacy Organizations / Public Libraries

Phone: 1-800-642-2670 for your County contact.

Literacy volunteers of WV and WV Laubach Literacy are the two volunteer literacy organizations in the state and serve approximately 1,250 students annually. One on one and small group instruction is provided by trained tutors in a confidential, relaxed atmosphere. Many of the volunteer literacy programs are library based and are provided support through the state Library Commission. Both programs can provide the adult literacy / education component of the four-prong family literacy model.

WV Reads and WV Math

Phone: 304-558-0459

These two programs are funded by the WV State Legislature through the WV Department of Education and are designed to enhance and expand learning opportunities for children during the summer months. Both programs require a parental and community involvement component, making them potential partners for summer family literacy programs.

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