Information provided by the Global Family Research Project: Seven Research Based Ways that Families Promote Early Literacy by M. Caspe and M.E. Lopez (Sept. 2017).
Promoting Early Literacy
The Parent-Child Programs
Sends community educators into the homes of vulnerable pre-school age children to provide families with books and toys and guidance to using them to promote children’s learning. Evals have shown children’s participation is related to their language and social-emotional skills, and later their reading abilities
Nonprofit family engagement that helps families develop, practice, and maintain home-based literacy habits and routines. Community agencies bring red book bags filled with award-winning language books into children’s homes along with having five family workshops. This program significantly improves children’s oral language skills and is associated with improvements in the quality of parent-child reading behaviors.
Developed by and for Latino parents with children ages birth to 5. Engages parents in lessons by having parents come together and talk about what they need/want for their children. It gives them agency over how to help their children and how to interact with the larger school community. Participation increases educational activities at home, parents’ approaches to reading with their children, and library use.
Research-based curriculum and resource guide developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. It helps librarians support families in nurturing their young children’s literacy development by emphasizing singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Partners with parents to prep their kids for success in schools, the focus is on primarily children at risk because of poverty, limited education, and English proficiency. Research shows these parents become more engaged in reading, talking, and working with their children and that the child’s school readiness skills improve.
A nationwide network of librarians who are trained to build knowledge of good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities. Increases identification and support for children with delays and special needs, reduces parent isolation, and helps transform libraries into welcoming family friendly learning environments.
An online site which provides guides for healthy media consumption, based on your child’s age, whether through books, movies, games, or tv shows. They also have articles for parents on how to teach children online safety.
A fun interactive website which poses unique questions of the day for parents and children to discuss. Topics range from science, geography, history, and language to expand children and parents’ knowledge of the world.
A compilation of community resources for families with small children, birth to 8 years of age. The guide contains information for everything from family supports, parenting classes, legal services, housing, schools, and family outings.
Reading, math, and like skills learning tools for parents and children to help stay ahead of the curve when it comes to school. The resources range in grade levels and come in the format of educational videos as well as games. There is also a readiness check list which can help parents keep track of benchmarks their child should be reaching in school.
A great resource for parents looking to increase family bonding at diner time. The recipe has recipes and conversation starters for the family. They also have resources for having challenging conversations such as bullying, becoming more independent, and even developing crushes.
Founded in 2010 for parents, caregivers, and moms to empower the community with knowledge and support. They are a supportive safe-haven for moms to know they aren’t alone in the obstacles they face every day.
The Coalition for Children Upper Cape Resource Guide
A compilation of community resources for Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich. Includes licensed center and family based childcare educators, libraries, and community resources for organizations centered around helping families.
A compilation of community resources serving the Lower Cape, from Brewster to Provincetown. Contains information about childcare, family services, recreation, disability services, health services and much more.
NFRC’s mission is to “offer assistance and guidance to help families achieve their goals through a range of programs that foster a nurturing family environment”. The Center supports families with children by providing information, resources, programs, and referral services.