• Sep : 5 : 2017 - Annual Report
  • Apr : 18 : 2017 - Now Accepting Applications for 2017-2018
  • Apr : 18 : 2017 - Tentative Head Start Registration Dates
  • Jan : 20 : 2016 - Press Release – January 22, 2016

The Jefferson-Clarion Family Literacy Program is a family-focused literacy program intended to improve the educational opportunities of area adults and children by integrating early childhood education and adult education into a unified program. This unique and holistic approach to supporting Pennsylvania families most in need is what separates it from other literacy programs. Family literacy can be successful in breaking the inter-generational cycle of under education and poverty when the parents understand their role in supporting their children’s education and focus on learning together and working together toward common goals. Our staff relies on most recent brain research for understanding early childhood development and recognizes parents as their children’s first and most important teacher. Our educators place emphasis on the home as the place where all learning begins. Our Family Literacy lessons empower parents to improve their basic skills and to be role models for their children. As a result, parents and children view learning, especially reading, as pleasurable and a regular part of their daily lives.

During the fiscal year of 2012-2013 the Family Literacy Program continued to serve families within Jefferson and Clarion Counties. The program receives funds through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. The program provides literacy services to families who qualify free of charge. To qualify for the program a family must have a child between the ages of birth through age 8, at least one adult must have an educational need.

STATISTICAL SUMMARY

During the 2012-2013 program year, the contracted number of families to be served was 66 while 52 families met the requirements of the four program components and were formally enrolled. To be considered enrolled, under the contracted components, a family must have the following: 12 hours of adult education, 1 hour of parenting, 3 hours of interactive literacy, and 12 hours of early childhood education. We are pleased to report that 22 families were co-enrolled with Head Start, Early Head Start, and Pre-K Counts. Other goals set and met by enrolled families included the following:

Obtain secondary credential-GED®  8

Enter post- secondary education or training 1

Enter employment 3

Retain employment 3

Regarding parenting outcomes from ACIRI, our adult-child interactive reading initiative, 14 out of 20 or 70% completion rate or Time I of children ages 3-5 and 50% completion rate for Time II. The state standard for the Time II is 40%. The PALS pre-test is completed one time per year and was completed on 2 of the 3 enrolled children (66.67%) and a post-test was completed on 1 with a 50% completion rate.

The Family Literacy program offers educational support to families in the following areas:

Adult Education
Our goal is to promote economic self-sufficiency by:

  • Assisting adults working to earn their GED® , providing workplace essential skills.
  • Increasing math, reading and language skills for those who have a high school diploma based on the needs of the individual.

Parenting Education
Our goal is to teach parents to be their child’s first and most important teacher and to be full  partners in their child’s education by:

  • Increasing parenting skills and knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Stressing the importance of reading and teaching emergent literacy and numeracy skills.

Interactive Literacy Activities
Our program will provide opportunities to incorporate strategies learned during Parenting Education by:

  • Providing opportunities for parents and children to learn and play together at home, in early childhood classrooms, Family Fun events and other special programs.

Early Childhood Education – Children not enrolled in elementary school, Head Start, or another preschool program are engaged in educational activities at our centers while their parent works on adult education or parenting lessons.

 

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    Phone: (814) 849-3660
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