Family Literacy

January 1, 2006

Parent involvement in literacy instruction has a significant, positive impact on children's reading acquisition that is equivalent to a 10-point score gain on literacy tests. In addition, 43 percent of adults were employed after participating in family literacy programs, compared with 14 percent prior to enrolling. Family Literacy, a new policy brief from the National Assembly's Family Strengthening Policy Center, explores the promises and challenges faced by family literacy programs, and the policy priorities that will enable these programs to continue their work strengthening low-income families with children.