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Family literacy is a method of education. Relatively new, family literacy is being put into practice in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.


The roots of family literacy as an educational method come from the belief that “the parent is the child’s first teacher.”[1] Studies have demonstrated that adults who have a higher level of education tend to not only become productive citizens with enhanced social and economic capacity in society,[2] but their children are more likely to be successful in school.[3] Literate parents are better able to support the learning of their children.[4] Establishing family literacy programs is the most effective strategy to increase parental involvement and literacy development. The purpose of parental literacy curriculum is to increase students’ academic achievement. When family literacy programs are established parents become advocates for their child's literacy. Simultaneously students’ literacy excels as parents become empowered. When parents are empowered they become active lifelong participants in their child's education [5]


Comprehensive family literacy services provide a holistic, fully integrated, family-focused approach, providing parents and children most in need of improving their literacy skills with intensive, frequent, and long-term educational and non-educational services. Family literacy services make sustainable changes in a family by integrating all of the following activities:


See also


  1. ^ "Salisbury University - May Literacy Centre". Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ Bowen, Howard (1997). Investment in Learning. The Individual and Social Value of American Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5530-6.
  3. ^ Woessmann, Ludger (March 2004). "How Equal are Educational Opportunities? Family Background and Student Achievement in Europe and the US". CESifo Working Paper Series. 1162. SSRN 528209. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "Centre for Family Literacy - Logic Model". Centre for Family Literacy. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Family Literacy Program". Archived from the original on 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-16.