FAMILIES FOR LITERACY
What is Families for Literacy (FFL)?
Families for Literacy is a component of the Literacy Plus Program. Its purpose is to prevent the cycle of illiteracy through pre-literacy services to families that include illiterate or low-literate adults with young children. Through various activities, FFL gives families a chance to develop the love for reading early in the child's life. One of the goals of FFL is to get books into the hands of the families involved so parents can enjoy them with their children. By encouraging participants to read as a family, we are building a more literate world.
Who is it for?
Literacy Plus learners who have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or foster children under the age of five are welcome in the FFL program. If there are older children (up to age 12) in the same family, they are also a part of FFL. Learners find out about the program when they come for their initial meeting at the Literacy Plus Office.
What does an FFL event look like?
One Saturday each month, the families meet for a story time at the library. A volunteer reads stories, which is followed by a craft activity and snack time. Parents learn about reading to their kids and how to make the most out of their family reading time at home. Every child who comes gets a free book to take home and keep. There are other opportunities for children to receive free books each month. Eventually, families have a collection of high-quality literature to build their own home libraries.
How do I know if my learner is part of FFL and how is it relevant to my tutoring?
You are an FFL tutor if your learner has children in his or her extended family under the age of five. We will let you know when we give you the initial information about your learner.
Encourage your learner to come to story times and other FFL events. Come with him or her if possible.
Use the books your learner gets at story time to practice reading. Help parents read to their children at home.
Review the Parent & Child magazine, which is available in the Literacy Plus Office, with your learner. Use the suggestions that are included with the magazine.
Talk with your learner about the importance of reading with the whole family.