Over the past 13 years, ACLAMO has served nearly 300 families in our Family Literacy Program. This program year saw an increase not only in the number of families served, but a significant 95% of the graduates in our pre-kindergarten program were assessed as “ready to read and succeed in Kindergarten and early grades” as measured by state standard pre and post testing.
The overarching goal of the Family Literacy Program is to give all the members of the family the tools necessary to succeed educationally, vocationally and in practical needs from health to child care.
For the preschooler in the family, this means providing them with an enriching early childhood education experience that includes measurable gains in academic, intellectual, social and self-help skills. Educational filed trips, and one-on-one mentoring contribute toward this goal.
For the parent, it means giving them the tools they need to support their children in academic success. For this reason, English proficiency is targeted while parenting skills are also addressed.
The parents as teachers are expected to make demonstrable gains in their English proficiency, work-related skills and computer skills. The combination of these components result in the participants being in a better position to help themselves, their children and their families.
During the school year from September to June, our educational team provides classes four mornings a week for a total of 14 hours. In addition to separate classes between mother and their children, once a month there are combined classes in reading and computer skills.
Parents also make a commitment to read to their children a minimum of 5 books a month, with those who complete the task being rewarded with prizes. By spring, all families with children entering kindergarten will have completed registration, and visited their prospective new schools to see the class and meet their teachers.
We are pleased to report that all participating mothers moved up at least one level in English language proficiency based on the National Reporting Standards. The program team was delighted to learn that each of their students also advanced at least one level in ESL, which is the same as one level in NRS.