We meet once a week for 8 weeks. Parents and/or caregivers learn:
Early Literacy Development through Raising a Reader:
This program can foster a love of books by developing a habit of reading with your child from a variety of quality literature you borrow and return each week. It also teaches parents reading strategies to expand their child’s thinking and promotes language and literacy development.
“Research shows that family engagement directly affects academic achievement. To date, thirty-two independent evaluations prove that Raising A Reader makes a positive and lasting impact, significantly improving both family reading behavior, parent-child bonding and kindergarten readiness across diverse culture and language demographics.”
Raising a Reader. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.raisingareader.org/site/PageNavigator/Impact/PerformanceOutcomes.html
Parent Education using Early Childhood STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting):
This parenting education program, taught in conjunction with Raising a Reader, teaches helpful parenting techniques to improve family communication and encourage cooperation, plus effective discipline strategies that promote self-esteem and mutual respect.
Early Childhood STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) provides trainings and an opportunity to learn new skills for parents dealing with frequently encountered challenges with their children; promotes a more participatory family structure by fostering responsibility, independence, and competence in children; improves communication between parents and children; and helps children learn from the natural and logical consequences of their own choices.