ERIC Number: ED431064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Building on Existing Strengths To Increase Family Literacy. ERIC Digest Number 145.
This digest focuses on strategies for reaching families and increasing family literacy that reflect the strengths families already have. The Federal Even Start Family Literacy Program, authorized in 1988, is the catalyst for much of the family literacy activity nationally. Funded programs must adhere to Even Start's core organizational curriculum, and evaluation requirements and goals, but program models vary greatly and the degree to which programs reflect and involve the families they serve varies, although multisite programs tend to be more generic in organization and curriculum. Recruitment strategies that reflect cultural diversity and local norms, stress personnel contact, and use former program participants are most effective. Considering themselves partners in the learning process both engages and empowers parents. Some curriculum components have been shown to increase family literacy program effectiveness with diverse learners. Especially effective are those that create opportunities for developing traditional literacy skills while showing participants that their native ways of communication are also valid literacy activities. Developing parental skills is the goal of all family literacy programs, and those that build on participants' strengths also build participants' self-esteem. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Programs, Literacy Education, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.