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.
THE FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM OFFERS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TO FAMILIES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Our goal is to promote economic self-sufficiency by:
Assisting adults working to earn their GED® , high school equivalency diploma, or 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.
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.