Establishing a Family Literacy Program with a Focus on Interactive Reading: The Role of Research and Accountability

DeBruin-Parecki, Andrea
April 2009
Early Childhood Education Journal;Apr2009, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p385
Academic Journal
Family literacy programs abound today, and many try to be all things to all participating families. Funding has eroded for programs of long length and shorter length programs need a specific focus to aim for a modicum of success. This article provides an overview of the importance of interactive reading for children’s future success in school, providing clear reasons for having it as a program focus. Specific research-based interactive reading behaviors which act as program objectives and a linked interactive reading assessment for accountability purposes are described. Methods of serving and recruiting diverse families are also explored. An example of a program is provided to demonstrate how to design a family literacy program of manageable length that leads to measurable gains in joint reading behaviors.


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