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ERIC Number: ED500005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Family Literacy. Policy Brief No. 19
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Parent involvement in literacy instruction has a significant, positive impact on children's reading acquisition and family economic success. Much like other place-based family strengthening approaches, family literacy programs are inherently family-focused, designed to address the learning needs of an entire family rather than each separate individual. Family literacy programs integrate four components: children's education, adult education, parenting education, and interactive literacy activities between parent/caregivers and children. The Family Strengthening Policy Center's descriptive synthesis explores the evidence base for family literacy, especially the benefits of parent/caregivers' literacy on children's development, educational achievement, reading acquisition, and attitudes toward education. The practice/policy brief also examines lapses in program quality, unstable funding, gaps in access, and other challenges faced by family literacy programs. The Center concludes that expansions in federal, state, and private support for family literacy programs should directly address these challenges. Public policy recommendations focus on providing adequate funding, reducing fragmentation in services for families, improving program accountability, raising standards, and expanding professional development and technical resources for programs. Foundations can support the development of local family literacy networks and invest in program capacity associated with the delivery of high-quality literacy services. (Contains 51 endnotes and 1 figure.) [This document was published by the Family Strengthening Policy Center, National Human Services Assembly.]
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A