Engaging Families to Promote Early Literacy

Family engagement is a key factor in many child outcomes including social competence, positive child-adult relationships and academic achievement. In fact, children whose families are more involved display higher levels of literacy achievement than children whose families are less involved. Likewise, shared reading between children and parents is linked to strong academic achievement. Title I regulations recognize the importance of family engagement by providing specific guidelines that support literacy achievement. This workshop will feature research-driven practicesband resources that bond families around reading and creating meaningful connections with the public library. The session is presented by Holly Kreider, Director of Programs, Raising A Reader.

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  1. Cathy Webb says:

    I enjoyed reading your post. The information is relevant now more than ever.

    The need for more families (regardless of the make-up) to actively engage in developing their child’s reading literacy is monumental. Reading comprehension and information literacy are foundational concepts for success in every aspect of life.

    When we see a child reading a book, we assume they are comprehending the text. My children are 10 and 12 and read extensively. A method I now incorporate with them is to have them read to me. This way, they develop their reading, comprehension, and public speaking skills. We also discuss the text, make inferences, and a personal connection.

    Thank you for bringing this to the light. Hopefully, more parents will read this information and take action!

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