Family Literacy Programs

Nicholas, Sinclair
April 2018
Family Literacy Programs - Research Starters Education;4/1/2018, p1
Research Starter
This paper focuses on developing a clear concept of "family literacy" and examines the most relevant aspects of family literacy. It begins by looking at how widespread is the problem of illiteracy, who is affected by illiteracy, and what are the consequences. Also, the relationship between illiteracy and poverty is clarified. The legislative history that brought family literacy into contemporary educational policy and theory is explored, as well as what researchers believe are the most effective methods for developing effective family literacy programs. This paper also describes some of the most widespread programs that have evolved from government policy, and examines their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, the potentially central role that community colleges could play by being the focal point and liaison between various stakeholders and agencies that can contribute to a broad and effective family literacy program is presented.


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