Parents play a key role as their children’s first and best teachers, and help children develop the skills, attitudes, and habits for achieving school success.
Literacy Advance supports this through Family Literacy events, as well as specialized Parent ESL classes.
At Family Literacy events, parents hear a presentation (in either English or Spanish) about the importance of literacy for children, with practical hints and tips for incorporating reading and literacy into the home.
Meanwhile, children hear stories read aloud and do activities together before choosing a free book, to start or add to their home library.
Up until the end of 2017, Family Literacy events were held in a variety of locations, including schools and community centers, in addition to Literacy Advance sites. Starting in 2018, Family Literacy events are held only at Literacy Advance.
See photos from Family Literacy events held in Houston schools:
~ Cedar Brook Elementary (April 2015)
~ Terrace Elementary (February 2015)
~ Ripley House Charter School (February 2015)
~ Thornwood Elementary (February 2015)
~ Jefferson Elementary (December 2014)
Click on the image above for details.
- 175 adult students took reading classes (Adult Basic Education, or ABE)
- 1,165 adult students took English classes (English as a Second Language, or ESL)
- 770 classes of all types (reading + English + supplemental)
- 99% of students made progress toward a life goal
- 260 volunteer tutors
- 10 Family Literacy Events
- 850 Family Literacy attendees
- Over 2,000 new books given out to kids
- 600+ check-in phone calls made in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey