ERIC Number: ED471154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Family Literacy: A Strategy for Educational Improvement. Issue Brief.
Logan, Brenda; Peyton, Tony; Read, Cindy; McMaster, Jennifer; Botkins, Rod
Over the last 3 decades, educators have found an overwhelming relationship between parent education levels, parental involvement, and children's school success. Family literacy affects parents' effectiveness in helping their children learn. These are the four components of comprehensive family literacy: (1) interactive literacy activities between parents and children; (2) parent training on how to be their child's first and most important teacher and how to participate in their child's education; (3) literacy training for parents that leads to economic self-sufficiency; and (4) age-appropriate education for children to prepare them for success in school and life. Configuration of those components varies, with most programs providing center-based classes for children and parents and some providing home visits. In addition to literacy improvement, in some programs parents can learn workplace skills through volunteer activities at their child's school. The appeal of family literacy programs as a strategy for educational reform is based on its flexibility (can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse families); its comprehensiveness (two generations educated simultaneously); and its social impact (cycle of poverty and low literacy are broken). To support family literacy in statewide programs of education, governors could encourage state agencies to collaborate on family literacy services; make family literacy an allowable use of existing education funds; and authorize specific funds for family literacy. (There are 2 appendices and the bibliography lists 13 references). (AJ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Basic Education, Classroom Environment, Community, Cooperative Planning, Early Parenthood, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Parents, English (Second Language), Extended Family, Family Characteristics, Family Literacy, Family Needs, Futures (of Society), Home Visits, Intervention, Job Skills, Language Acquisition, Learning Centers (Classroom), Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Metropolitan Areas, Outcomes of Education, Parent Background, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Poverty, Preschool Children, Public Policy, Reading Instruction, Rural Family, State Agencies, Statewide Planning, Success, Teaching Methods, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors' Association, Washington, DC. Center for Best Practices.