Our Family Literacy Program is multifaceted and designed to educate both parents and children in the literacy skills they will need to succeed in work and school. Beginning with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center, preschoolers learn the basics: ABCs, colors, numbers, names and shapes. While their children are engaged at the ECE Center, staffed by NVCS and members of Van Nuys Community Adult School, parents study in rigorous ESL Courses for four hours a day, five days week, which are taught by instructors from the Van Nuys Community Adult School. The Family Literacy Program provides preschoolers the preparation they will need for school, while also encouraging and helping their parents to learn the English skills necessary to assist their children with their homework, obtain jobs that require English skills and advocate for their children in other life situations.
The Family Literacy Program includes required Parenting Education classes which are offered in conjunction with our partner organization Friends of the Family. The monthly curriculum for these classes is focused on increasing the resources as well as widening the social network parents are able to find in their community. The topics and values covered in these classes boost their parental role in their child’s formal education and carry over into the program’s required Parenting and Child Intergenerational Literacy Activities in which children and parents interact through shared reading and homework designed to advance the education and English language ability of entire families. In the Family Literacy Program families begin a new exciting journey together, opening up a world of opportunity to all.