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Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium
Our vision is successful families. Our mission is successful partnershps.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

3. Why does Massachusetts need family literacy?

In Massachusetts:

  • More than 2 million adults (44%) do not have functional English literacy skills or the basic abilities expected of a high school graduate.

  • Some 465,000 of these adults are undereducated or limited English proficient parents with children under 13 years of age who are in need of literacy services for both their children and themselves.

  • Children in approximately 114,000 families have a parent who cannot read aloud to them.

  • Children in approximately 264,000 families have parents who can read at a basic level but have difficulty helping their children with homework.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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