Family literacy is a program that aims at elevating the language and literacy skills of parents and their children through parent and child learning, and the acknowledgement of parent’s responsibility in the development of their children’s literacy and language development. I agree with Darling’s argument that family literacy is relevant for families since studies reveal that individuals with high literacy levels have higher chances of getting employment, to work more, and earn more than individual with lower qualifications, and would like to investigate this claim (18). Hence, my topic will be Relevance of Family Literacy.
Children who start school without any literacy and language skills pose additional teaching and handling challenges to teachers since they need more attention and patience in addressing their complete lack of these skills. This translates to the low performance of the children at school, which is evident in a report by the Anne E Casey Foundation in 1998 that shows that 39% of fourth grade children performed below the expected basic reading level (CLSP 1). Poor language and literacy also manifest in children through reduced speed in carrying out tasks that require reading and writing, and have problems in interacting with their peers as well as adults (Carter et al 519). A child’s literacy and language problems may continue throughout the child’s experience at school, hence the child may consistently underperform (CLSP 1). Therefore, I would like to investigate on how the presence or the lack of literacy and language education in a family affects that family, and to assess the relevance of literacy and language education at family level.
Research on the relevance of family literacy will scrutinize the effect of these programs on children and parents, an analysis of the structures of the currently available literacy intervention programs, and the search for possible improvements of these programs. The source of information will be scholarly articles and books on language and literacy education and literature on existing family literacy models and programs.
Carter, D.R., Chard D. J & Pool J. L. A Family Strengths Approach to Early Language and Literacy Development. Springer Science & Business Media. (2009).Text
CLSP. The Importance of Family Literacy. Collaborative Summer Library Program.(2012).Web:
Darling, Sharon. Family Literacy: Meeting the Neeeds of At-Risk Families. Phi Kappa Phi Forum.(2004). Text