Family Literacy encompasses both the Carol De Joy Moms & Tots® Program and the Kids+ Lifelong Learning Initiative. The Moms & Tots® Program is dedicated to empowering at-risk mothers through increased literacy and language skills, while also preparing their pre-school aged children to enter school. This unique program teaches mothers and other caregivers in small groups, helping them improve their English language skills and increase their communication skills. Meanwhile, their children are given basic instruction to ensure that they have the foundation to begin a successful academic career. Mothers and children are then brought together and continue their education through art, educational toys, and reading. Based on surveys and our research, 100% of child graduates reach the program goal and enter school at, or above, level with their peers.
The Kids+ Lifelong Learning Initiative also serves to educate both parent and child. In this class, the parents of older children enrolled in Title One Schools come to the school and receive tutoring. This program enables parents to take a more active role in their child’s education. Students whose parents have an increased presence in their education have better attendance, are more likely to graduate, and perform better on tests. This program currently operates in fifteen area schools. Last year, 602 adults and 247 children participated in the program.