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ERIC Number: EJ782193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
A Learner-Centered Family Literacy Project for Latino Parents and Caregivers
Cassidy, Jack; Garcia, Roberto; Tejeda-Delgado, Carmen; Garrett, Sherrye D.; Martinez-Garcia, Cynthia; Hinojosa, Roel V.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v47 n6 p478-488 Mar 2004
Leaders in the field of literacy regard family literacy projects that seek to involve both children and their parents or caregivers as vital. The importance of parents as a child's first teachers has long been acknowledged. Nevertheless, the topic of family literacy is not one of those receiving attention in the field. In an annual survey of literacy leaders, "early intervention" and "preschool literacy" were identified as topics receiving current and positive attention. The same survey identified "family literacy" as a topic that was not receiving current or positive attention, although all the survey participants agreed that it should be. This lack of attention in the United States is somewhat ironic, given the amount of funding proposed in the Early Reading First Initiative by the federal government. This article describes the Literacy Connection, a learner-centered family literacy project in which instruction is delivered only to parents but with expected benefits to children. Previous programs using this model have proven successful. In the Literacy Connection, parents receive 15 weeks of instruction focusing on basic literacy skills, reading to their children, and their self-identified literacy needs. Seventy percent of the group spoke Spanish (or a language other than English) as their first language, and 90% had Hispanic surnames. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Language: English
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