What is family literacy?
    Family literacy is a term used to describe parents and children - or more broadly - adults and children - learning together. Family literacy is also referred to as intergenerational literacy. The concept underlying the model is that parents and/or guardians are their children's first teachers; the home is the first school and that learning happens from birth and is a lifelong process.

    What is a family literacy program?
    Family Literacy programs are driven by comprehensive, holistic approaches to education in which parents and children learn and grow together. Family Literacy programs address the literacy strengths and needs of the family/community while promoting adults' involvement in children's education and their own education.  Family literacy recognizes adults as a powerful influence on children's academic success. Family literacy programs also recognize the reciprocal nature of parent-child relationships. Programs provide both parent-initiated and child-initiated activities to support development of those relationships and to increase the motivation to learn for both parent and child.

    Education opportunities of families are improved by integrating early childhood and adult education into unified programs. Family literacy programs provide services that are of sufficient intensity in terms of hours, and of sufficient duration, to make sustainable changes in a family and that integrate all of the following activities:

    • Interactive Literacy Activities between parents and their children

    • Education for Parents (Parent Education) in facilitating children's learning and becoming full partners in their education

    • Parent literacy training (Adult Education) that leads to economic self-sufficiency and meets adults' stated goals

    • Age-appropriate education (Early Care and Education) to prepare children for success in school and life experiences


    For more information about Spartanburg County Adult Education's Family Literacy program, please call (864) 594-4428.