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Arkansas Statewide Family Literacy Initiative/ Arkansas Even Start Family Literacy

Jan 9, 2016

Learn how Arkansas integrates early childhood education, parent education, and adult literacy through existing local, state, and federal family literacy programs.

The Arkansas Statewide Family Literacy Initiative was initially established through the use of a Department of Education competitive grant program, which was created to integrate early childhood education, parent education, and adult literacy through existing local, state, and federal family literacy programs. The Arkansas Statewide Family Literacy Initiative implements the state’s William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy program in order to develop a stronger workforce and prepare children for school. The program is based on the family literacy model, which builds a link between parents education and childrens academic success by providing adults with an opportunity to fulfill their own educational needs in order to better aid children.

The Initiative creates partnerships among schools, community service providers, advocates, and agencies to deliver a range of literacy services to families that volunteer to participate.

Family literacy services promote four key components: 1) interactive literacy activities between parents and children; 2) training for parents on their role as children’s first teacher; 3) parent literacy training; and 4) age-appropriate education for children. Even Start program sites are located in various counties across the state. The target audiences are low-income families with children ages birth through age seven.

Updated January 2016

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