ERIC Number: EJ724751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Together: A Family-Centered Literacy Program
Sink, David W.; Parkhill, Molly A.; Marshall, Rick; Norwood, Steve
Community College Journal of Research & Practice, v29 n8 p583-590 Sep 2005
Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina serves a rapidly growing Hispanic population through its Family-Centered Literacy Program. The Hispanic population in the region has been increasing at a staggering rate of 50% per year, most of which is in-migration. These newcomers frequently face challenges adjusting to their jobs, schools, and living environment. The Family-Centered Literacy Program is teaching new skills to new residents to minimize the "culture shock", and to make community immersion a less difficult process. The program offers evening classes 2 nights a week for parents and their children. Parents attend classes in basic and conversational English and General Education Development (GED) preparation; school-age children receive tutoring and help with homework; and preschool children learn from fluency-building games and activities. The college also provides Spanish instruction for school personnel who want to better communicate with Hispanic students and their parents. The program currently operates in 5 elementary schools. Each school has taken on the role of "community center" for Hispanic families.
Descriptors: School Personnel, Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Preschool Children, Literacy Education, Family Literacy, Evening Programs, Culture Conflict, Acculturation, Hispanic Americans, High School Equivalency Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina