Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium
Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC)
What is the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium?
The Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC) is a statewide initiative with the mission of forging effective partnerships among state agencies, community organizations, and other interested parties to expand and strengthen family literacy and support.
MFLC members believe that the comprehensive integration of our respective services can add up to so much more than the sum of their separate parts - and that family literacy is a catalyst for collaboration and integration.
Why does the MFLC promote family engagement and family literacy?
The MFLC promotes family engagement and family literacy because 40 years of research show that family engagement is a strong predictor of children's reading and academic success and, further, that families, parents, and caregivers play indispensable roles in their children's cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Family literacy helps parents improve their literacy skills and the literacy
skills of their children. In fact, national and international research documents
an intergenerational transfer of parents' literacy to their children.
Literate parents help their children develop the literacy-related knowledge and
skills that insure success in learning to read. Some children develop these
critical skills in high quality early care and education facilities but many
children lack access to such facilities. Large numbers of children depend on
their parents to help them develop the early literacy-related knowledge and skills
Literate parents are better prepared to support their children's learning
during the school years, as well. Schools count on parents for support such as
reading to children and helping them with homework. But low literacy parents and
adult speakers of other languages may themselves need support in order to
contribute to their children's learning. Literate parents know more about schools
and are able to help their children negotiate the many demands of schools.
Parents are often said to be their children's first and most influential
teachers. Family literacy seeks to make sure all parents are successful in this
role for the benefit of families, schools, and communities.
What does the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium do?
The MFLC promotes awareness of the value and benefit of family literacy; provides family literacy products and training; and creates opportunities for collaboration in local communities and at the state level.
The MFLC works with public and private partners, including parents and adult education providers, to support family literacy in order to promote early literacy and reading proficiency by the end of third grade.
Who is represented on the MFLC?
The MFLC is comprised of state agencies, community organizations, parents, and providers who work with families and children. The following agencies and programs are represented on the MFLC.
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Department of Transitional Assistance
Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
Organizations and Programs:
First Literacy, Inc.
Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Directors' Council
Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education
Massachusetts Literacy Foundation
Massachusetts Reading Association
Raising a Reader Massachusetts
Waltham Family School
MFLC Meeting Schedule for Fiscal Year 2014
Due to extenuating circumstances, MFLC meetings are cancelled until further notice.
We apologize for any inconvenience these cancellations may have caused.