ERIC Number: ED343457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Innovation in Intergenerational Learning: SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc.'s The Family Learning Center Program.
Britt, Alice Mae
SER's National Hispanic Literacy Initiative, which is implemented through a network of 51 family learning centers (FLCs) that serve economically disadvantaged adults and children, is described. The concept is based on the objective of intergenerational learning, which prescribes that parents and grandparents will desire to learn so that they may help their children learn. The FLCs include the following components: basic skills training; enriched childcare; employment/volunteer opportunities for the elderly as caregivers; opportunities for social interaction; links between Hispanic parents and public schools; literacy partnerships between employers and schools; and information about social service agencies. In addition, FLCs have three major, interrelated components: basic skills instruction and job skills training; intergenerational "smart" childcare; and advisory literacy councils. Details of the these features are offered, and the FLC record from 1987 to 1990 is reviewed. Program sponsors and endorsements are cited, followed by a report of SER's 5-year (1986-1990) strategic plan, its literacy initiative, and the rationale and objectives of the FLC program. Additional information is given on FLC staffing, program implementation, computer-assisted instructional curricula (e.g., "Writing to Read," including a Spanish language version, and the IBM-based PALS center), and the FLC program training capacity. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., Irving, TX.