Family literacy : breaking the cycle of illiteracy
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Illiteracy is a growing concern in the United States. It is passed from one generation to the next by family members who are unaware of their neglect or of their children's developmental needs. Family literacy programs have proven to be successful in breaking the cycle of illiteracy. The best programs address the needs of the entire family through adult basic education, early childhood.'elementary education, and parent education services. Families in such programs learn how literacy can be a functional part of their everyday' lives. Public services, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices are introduced to parents who are made aware of how they can positively' influence their children's development. One of the most significant contributions family literacy programs make to the fight against illiteracy is that they encourage and enable parents to engage in the powerful act of reading aloud to their children. Children who are read to regularly tend to have higher levels of self esteem and academic and reading achievement. Family' literacy positively affects society by promoting both literacy development and family cohesion.