ERIC Number: ED395132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
When Bonds Are Broken: Family Literacy for Incarcerated Fathers and Their Children. 353 Final Report. Year Three. July 1, 1994 - June 30, 1995.
Northampton Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA. Adult Literacy Div.
To break intergenerational patterns of literacy-related problems, four 10-week cycles of family literacy programming provided direct literacy and family literacy instruction for fathers incarcerated in Northampton County Prison. Participants included 10-12 fathers per cycle of 50 hours weekly in 6 hours of adult basic education, English as a Second Language, or General Educational Development preparation and in 6 hours of parenting skills instruction. A workshop format allowed fathers to develop weekly communication with their children through sending letters, pictures, drawings, games, and/or audiocassettes of fathers reading aloud to the children. Each group planned literacy-related activities for the biweekly visitation sessions with their children. The family liaison worker visited each home to assist with communication among the father, children, primary caregiver in the community, prison officials, and educational system officials. Volunteer tutors were trained to work with fathers on individualized educational plans and with the children as needed. After-parole class instruction in the community afforded a bridge to reintegration and the opportunity to continue the educational changes. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Correctional Education, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Family Literacy, Fathers, High School Equivalency Programs, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Material Development, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Prisoners, Program Development, Program Implementation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Northampton Community Coll., Bethlehem, PA. Adult Literacy Div.
Identifiers: 353 Project
Note: For related documents, see ED 348 474-475 and ED 367 874.