Most affected by lack of literacy? Three groups: The working poor Female heads of households Minority groups; English language learners Three characteristics in common: Limited income Low literacy competencies Low education levels
Major barriers to literacy? There are few or no books in homes Parents don’t model reading No easy access to transportation Parents are uncomfortable entering schools and libraries
Elements of a family literacy program? Interactive literacy activities between parents & their children Training for parents on how to be the primary teacher for their children Adult education & training for personal growth & economics Age-appropriate education for children
Prime Time in Atlanta, Georgia Meal Transportation Preschool story School-age children with parents Door prizes
Funding for family literacy programs? Federal government State initiatives Regional & city/town literacy councils (may include public libraries) School districts Local businesses Service organizations Donations from individuals
Basics of a family literacy event? A theme A welcoming activity One or more picture books An activity for both parent and child & a book to read together A snack or a meal Something to take away
Parent-child interaction? Key points to consider: The literacy goal for children The goal for parents to understand A time for modeling and independent practice A plan for what you want the parents to do once they return home
Benefits of an event? Demonstrates how reading can expand a family’s horizons. Provides access to books for those with limited access. Helps parents and children interact in literacy activities at home to improve literacy levels and academic achievement. Brings families to libraries for literacy and learning.