ERIC Number: ED450945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Families and Work: Family Literacy Bridges the Gap.
National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
Noting that the need for basic skills education among the current labor force cannot be easily met by vocational training alone, this booklet presents the case for family literacy education to improve the skills of unemployed workers and describes the work of the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). Family literacy is defined as having four components: (1) adult education; (2) parent time; (3) children's education; and (4) parent and child together time. The booklet argues that family literacy has been shown to be an effective strategy for helping families gain self-sufficiency and presents findings from NCFL research comparing the effectiveness of family literacy programs with that of adult or early childhood education programs delivered in isolation. Further, the booklet discusses how family literacy programs are becoming more work-focused and more infused with practical work experiences to increase their effectiveness for families leaving welfare for work and presents results of studies supporting the work-literacy connection. Descriptions from various family literacy programs across the country highlight how these programs are working to provide outcomes that sustain families and meet the needs of today's employers. The booklet concludes by asserting that family literacy is a welfare-to-work strategy that focuses on strengthening the family unit while helping parents become economically stable. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Early Childhood Education, Employed Parents, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Work Relationship, Parent Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Vocational Education, Welfare Reform
National Center for Family Literacy, Attention: Publications, 325 West Main Street, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40202-4251; Tel: 502-584-1133; Fax: 502-584-0172; Web site: http://www.famlit.org ($5).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.