LVCC’s Family Literacy Programs have two parts:
– “Children and Parents Reading Together” (CPRT)
– “Moms” classes
The Children and Parents Reading Together program seeks to instill the love of reading together in families with children in Head Start. It also strives to empower parents to be involved in their children’s education, reinforce the skills taught in Head Start and improve the English language skills of both children and parents. This school year, we have had classes in 8 different schools, including 2 in Immokalee. We have a strong collaborative relationship with Head Start. The tutors tell me that they have fun doing the classes (as did I when I was in the classrooms).
LVCC has been very fortunate to receive a grant from the Naples Children Educational Foundation (Wine Festival) to hire a coordinator for the program this coming year. We are hoping to expand to more schools, with the eventual goal of having a class for each of the 16 schools in Collier County that has a Head Start program.
More volunteers are needed! We will be having a tutor training class on July 14 at 10 am at LVCC for anyone interested in joining this fun and worthwhile program. Come join us and help to build brains!
This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity.
Typically, volunteer tutors go to the school and meet with the parents or guardians for 30 minutes and read the children’s book that they will later read with the child. The child then joins their parent and tutor. Together they will read the book for about an hour, including enjoying some fun activities that reinforce what was read. At the end of the lesson, the family takes the book home and the parents reads to the child before going to bed. At the end of an eight week session, a child has accumulated his or her own small library of 8 books.
Over 500 children, many at-risk and low income, will enter Pre-K in Collier Head Start schools this August. Since English is not the first language for 14% of our Collier County students, (and significantly more of the Head Start students), this program is critical to their future.
The Barbara Bush Foundation shared the following…
The Stark Reality:
Globally, the United States is falling dramatically behind in literacy skills. One in four adults cannot read above a 5th grade level, and research shows the greatest single indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of his or her parents.
-A child from a highly educated family will experience 30 million more words by the age of three than a child from a low-literate home.
-Almost half of all children born to a mother lacking a high school diploma are not ready to start kindergarten.
-Students who do not read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma.
To become a CPRT tutor, click on “CPRT Registration Form“
8833 Tamiami Trail East,
Naples, FL 34113