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- A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income (National Institute of Health).
- Children’s reading scores dramatically improve when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read. Children whose parents are involved in this effort score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests (NCFL research).
- Strong gains are being made in places like Oakland, Calif., where students whose parents attended family literacy programs scored 19 percent higher on standardized tests than students whose families didn’t participate in the program. This is significant progress for a school system whose graduation rates are less than 25 percent for Latino and African-American students.
- The partnership’s latest program, the Toyota Family Literacy Program, began in 2003 and is the first nationwide program of its kind to focus on Hispanic/Latino and other immigrant families. It is unique because it not only brings parents and children together in a classroom but also includes programming that is culturally relevant to the populations served. Program participants have experienced extraordinary outcomes in English language and literacy development, parent involvement and engagement, literacy behaviors at home, and school-related attitudes and behaviors.
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