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

Key Criteria for Family Literacy Program Design

Family Literacy Review

  • Family Literacy
  • Adult Education
  • Home Visits
  • Childhood Education
  • Interactive Literacy
  • Parenting Education
  • English Language Learners

Family Literacy

  • Evening & Weekend Classes
  • Make Classes & Activities Accessible
  • Intentionally Build Reflection into Daily Activities
  • Encourage Child Attendance in Full Day Programs supplement for school age children with after- school programs
  • Access to Community Resources
  • Create Strong and Seamless Coordination with School Programs
  • Advocacy Skill Development for Parents
  • Provide Counseling to Families
  • Develop and monitor Family Action Plans and Goal Setting

Childhood Education

  • Provide Extended / Full Day Programs (NAEYC accredited)
  • Create High-Quality Print & Literacy-Rich Environments
  • Schedule Daily Opportunities to Write and Dictate Ideas
  • Expose Children to Different Kinds Texts
  • Work with Letters and Sounds Daily
  • Integrate Reading into All Daily Routines with 2 Structured Reading Groups for Half Day Programs and 4 for Full Day Programs
  • Conduct Progress Monitoring, at minimum, 3xs yearly
  • Parenting Education and Interactive Literacy
  • Provide Intentional Instruction to Parents in Facilitating School Readiness and Reading Skills
  • Use Family Routines to Introduce Vocabulary and Extended Conversations
  • Help Families Establish Reading Routines, Space and Support for Homework and Use Of Print to Communicate
  • Target Increasing Interactions As Primary Goal of IL
  • Engage Parents in Structured Reflection on Ways They Supported Children During IL
  • Build Opportunities for Parents to Demonstrate and Practice Skills
  • Strengthen Links To School Programs
  • Build Skills To Help Parents Actively Partner With Teachers

Adult Education

  • Provide 8 to 15 Hours of Instruction Weekly over 40 Weeks
  • Minimize Mixed Ability Grouping
  • Increase Staff Proficiency in Curriculum and Adaptations
  • Broaden Design of Programs to Include Self-study, Tutoring, Attending Classes and Base on Family Circumstances
  • Address Multiple Aspects of the Reading Process
  • Explicitly Teach Comprehension Strategies across Subject Areas
  • Form Partnerships with Institutions of Higher Learning
  • Use Systematic Progress Monitoring to Inform Instruction

Home Visits

  • Bolster Intensity
  • Increase Skills of Home Visitors
  • Target Family Literacy as Key Focus of Visits

Last Updated: April 4, 2007
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