Since 1989, LVCV's Family Literacy program has helped hundreds of parents become full partners in their children’s education by providing:
- Early Childhood Education;
- Adult Education;
- Parent Education; and
- Parent/child Activities.
Family Literacy offers a full range of learning and activities for families participating in the program. When a family joins the program, they not only improve their literacy skills but also learn more about the American culture. While the adults are learning, the children participate in structured early childhood education.The Family Literacy Program concluded the 2014-2015 school year in June. This year our families included four children at home, 28 attending Family Lit Birth to 3 class, 17 in Head Start, 60 in elementary school, 15 in middle school, and 14 in high school.
Some of the parent education projects that were completed the 2014-2015 school year:
- Parents learned how to participate in fall conferences, vocabulary about conferences and what to expect at conferences. Staff attended several conferences with parents who needed help. Our teachers also worked with their students to complete goal-setting forms, setting goals for their children, and preparing them to discuss the goals with their child’s teacher.
- Parents were provided with letters that they could give to teachers suggesting they contact the Family Lit Staff if assistance was needed with communication. We also sent letters to elementary teachers, telling them parents are in Family Literacy and how to contact us if they need help to communicate
- Staff taught math vocabulary to parents of second graders to help them comprehend the new math curriculum.
- Staff taught beginning parents how to understand the school calendar.
- Beginners learned about notes that teachers send home from class and how to respond.
- Parents learned about elementary school folders, how to use them, what to sign, how to check backpacks, and how to sign the folder every night.
- Beginners learned about the U.S. school system, what age children are eligible for Head Start, how schools are structured (elementary, middle, high school), that attending school is mandatory, and about the technical college and university
- Parents of children going into kindergarten were helped with getting forms and completing them.
- Teachers gave students ideas for free or inexpensive things to do with their children during the summer.
- Teacher provided students with ideas of games to play with children of different ages.
- Staff gave parents information about the Wisconsin Youth Sports summer program at UWEC.
- Books were sent home with parents to read over the summer with their children
- Parents were informed about the Eau Claire Area School District’s bike rodeo and were encouraged to attend.
Health & Community:
- Beginners learned what to bring with children to daycare, and when to keep them at home because of illness
- Beginners were taught how to know when to take their children to the doctor, immunizations, etc.
- We taught parents how to read books to their children and what ages should use picture books, board books, etc.
- Parents and children went on a field trip to the public library. Parents learned how to use the children’s section of the public library, how to fill out the form to apply for a library card and then participated in a parent/child group which encourages reading.
- Staff helped parents how to use behavior modification charts with elementary age children who were having trouble in school.
- We taught some parents how to set up routines for their children to help with issues such as bedtime.
- Parents borrowed books from our book cart and read them to their children.
- We established an area designated as “free”, so parents could take advantage of donations (books, games, clothes, snacks, etc.)
The Family Literacy program is a culturally diverse environment focusing on English Language Learners, GED preparation, GED attainment, Citizenship Skills and technology skills. Not only do we help our students improve their literacy skills but we encourage them to become actively involved in their child’s learning and increase their advocacy for their children.