A Plan for whole-family success in new york
Educational deficits jeopardize family economic security and educational success for too many New York City families.
• Only 38% of 3rd to 8th graders are considered proficient in English Language Arts, and just 36% are proficient in Math. Many of these children will eventually leave high school prematurely, without the full range of skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary education or the job market.
• NYC is home to 2.2 million adult residents who lack English proficiency and/or a high school diploma. As a result, these New Yorkers earn significantly less than their peers, putting economic success for them and their families out of reach.
An investment in family literacy programming will empower generations of family members to achieve educational goals, family stability, and economic security. Providing evidence-based education and strengthening family support leads to high-functioning, healthy and economically stable families.
Although Family Literacy models vary, they represent one form of two-generation programs which are designed to focus equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for both a parent and their child to maximize the overall success of the family.
According to the National Center for Families Learning, typical aspects of Family Literacy include:
• Interactive literacy activities between parents and children.
• Training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children.
• Parent literacy training that leads to economic self-sufficiency.
• An age-appropriate education to prepare children for success in school and life.
When New York City last funded family literacy programs, the Department of Youth and Community Development found that:
“Programs have reported noteworthy improvements by both children and parents. As reported by their classroom teachers and parents, participating children are more motivated to learn, have greater self-confidence, and therefore do better academically. Parents have improved their literacy skills as well. Parents are more aware of the resources available to support their families and have increased their involvement in their children’s education and schools. They go to the library and read with their children, and they participate in school activities by working as volunteers and PTA meetings.”
Additional research into the benefits of two-generation and family literacy programs has found
- When parents are dedicated to their own education, they serve as positive role models for their children’s academic success.
- More sophisticated language skills in children have been linked to parent’s literacy skills and shared reading.
- Skills that parents learn through their own education can be applied to their children, leading to better educational outcomes.
- Family literacy programs increase job skills and employment opportunities for parents by incorporating vocational skills training into their programs.
Catholic Charities of New York
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
East Side House Settlement
Goddard Riverside Community Center
I Have a Dream Foundation
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement
Literacy Assistance Center
Parent-Child Home Program
Queens Community House
SCAN New York
Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
St. Nicks Alliance
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
Union Settlement Association
United Neighborhood Houses
University Settlement Society