We understand and value the parent/caretaker as a child’s first and most important teacher. Therefore, Literacy Now addresses the whole child and focuses on parent engagement as a vital tool to turn the tide of illiteracy and generational poverty. By building skills and interactions between parent and child, we are providing resources to families that foster children’s literacy development at home.
Workshops are offered through our Reading Intervention program where parents connect with one another while participating in fun, free, hands-on activities that can also be used at home. Parents also learn how their child can get the most benefit from the books they receive each week.
FAMILY LITERACY NIGHTS:
One of the primary ways we engage parents and their children is to offer six Family Literacy Nights throughout the school year in low-income apartment communities and the schools we serve. These free, fun, and interactive outreach events provide materials, education, and activities to encourage reading as a way of life. Each Family Literacy Night includes numerous literacy stations manned by community volunteers and are geared towards engaging both the parent and child(ren) in literacy-rich activities. These small group sessions offer support and foster relationship building through hands-on activities involving reading and writing skills. Additionally, each child is able to choose three books to take home while parents leave equipped with Literacy Kits, as well as additional skills to support literacy development at home.
GREAT READERS OPEN THE WORLD (GROW):
On target to distribute more than 8,100 free books this year, GROW gets age-appropriate and culturally sensitive books into the hands of children who need them most! Books are given away through our Reading Intervention program, Lunch Bunch mentoring program, and to our youngest readers (2 months to 4 years old) through our mobile classroom, The Reading Express. These books will build or sometimes even start a child’s home library and will be a critical component in encouraging students (and their parents) to continue practicing the skills learned at home. Additionally, students in all programs also receive a backpack with a reading buddy (stuffed animal), school supplies, and activities or workbooks to help beat the Summer Slide.