Family Literacy

Family Literacy

The best predictor of a child’s future academic success is the literacy level of the mother.

Literacy Pittsburgh strengthens families by helping parents be their child’s first and best teacher. Our Family Literacy program fosters a love of learning in both children and parents. Adults develop the language and literacy skills needed to support their children’s educational goals, and children gain the foundational skills needed to succeed in school.

Family Literacy includes four distinct components: adult literacy, early childhood education, parenting skills and intergenerational literacy activities. The program incorporates lessons in reading, writing and speaking English, nutrition, healthy living, digital literacy, and workplace skills. Children participate in fun literacy-based activities such as library visits, family fun days and community activities.

Partnerships with community groups, libraries, churches and local government are a cornerstone of this program. Students learn about the community around them while giving back to those who have helped them.

Since 1995, Literacy Pittsburgh has been affiliated with the National Center for Families Learning, an organization that advances literacy and education by developing, implementing, and documenting innovative and promising two-generation practices, networks, and learning tools.

Student Spotlight: Karmel
Karmel endured a troubled childhood and was never permitted to attend school. However, she didn’t let this stop her. Karmel taught herself to read and write with the only books in the house…the Bible and a set of encyclopedias.
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