Family literacy programs provide parents and children most in need of improving their literacy skills with a unified program of intensive services. Family literacy programs have proven benefits to adult participants – increased confidence, literacy competence, and interest in their own education.
Family literacy programs integrate four components:
- Interactive literacy between parents and children that transfers educational concepts and values into the home and family
- Training for parents on how to be partners in the education of their children
- Adult literacy that leads to economic self-sufficiency
- Age appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life experiences
Family literacy evaluation and research services
Our family literacy evaluation and research services builds on knowledge gained through our considerable evaluation work of the Massachusetts Even Start program and participation in the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC).
ECA worked with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education since 1999 to evaluate Even Start including, longitudinal research on its effectiveness.
Guide to Assess the Quality of Family Literacy
The Guide to Assess the Quality of Family Literacy Programs is a unique program-reflection and quality improvement tool for family literacy programs developed by ECA. The Guide helps programs document strengths and challenges in 45 different program characteristics ranging from program design, management and collaboration to parent education and interactive literacy. The Guide informs your quality improvement efforts and provides evidence of success to share with partners, funders, and community members.
JumpStart’s Family Literacy Curriculum
This cross cultural, activity-based curriculum contains stimulating materials that young children, parents, teachers and caregivers can use together to increase literacy, develop emergent literacy skills, and deepen appreciation for their own and others’ cultural traditions. The curriculum contains hands-on materials for exploring ten high-interest concepts and topics: Food, dreams, myths, special days, family traditions, time, traditional stories, and others. It uses award winning children’s books, learning projects and resources for learners in a range of school and community settings.
JumpStart was created by a team of child development, adult literacy, and curriculum design experts. ECA launched JumpStart with a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education for Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR).