Chapter 1 - Family Literacy

Section One: What is Family Literacy?



Federal Web Sites for Legislative Information

State Web Sites for Legislative Information


Family Literacy Web Resources

Section Two: What Does Family Literacy Look Like?



Chapter 2 - Who's Doing Family Literacy

National Organizations

Ohio Organizations



Chapter 3 - How Do We Get Started?

An Overview of Planning Issues


Planning Suggestions

Effective Partners/ Partnerships

When recruiting students for the program:



Day Care

Questions to consider before applying for a grant

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Turning Points

Family Literacy Program Development: Issues to Consider

Understanding the Population

Program Design and Development

Staffing Issues

Community/Agency Involvement and Collaboration

Curriculum Development


Planning for Diversity: Discussion Grid

Checklist: Learners’ Lives as Curriculum

Overview of First-Year Tasks

Name the Family Literacy Project

More resources for getting started



Chapter 4 - Collaboration

Community Linkages – Choices and Decisions

Key Elements of Collaboration in Support of Family Literacy

Communication Among Collaborators

Method of Decision Making


Collaboration Resources



Chapter 5 - Funding Family Literacy Programs

Section One: Funding Sources and Information

Funding Sources

Funding Information—On-Line

Funding Information—Books

Funding Information—Excerpts From Federal And State Initiatives

Section Two: Tips for Writing Successful Grants

Model for Proposal Development

Common Reasons Grant Proposals are Rejected

Common Sections in Proposals


Sources for Further Information—Online

Section Three: Family Literacy Facts and Figures

National and Global Information

Ohio Information



Chapter 6 - Curriculum

Section One: Adult Instruction – Learning Environment

Characteristics of Adult Learners

Learning Theory

Classroom Considerations

Relationships with Learners

Adult Instruction – Developing Curriculum

Experiences of Learners: A Place to Start

Documenting Students’ Interests and Goals with the Family Action Plan

Involving Learners in Developing Curriculum

Curricular Resources

Integrated Curriculum

Lesson Plan Sites

Section Two: Parent Involvement – Parent Education

Definition of Parent Education

Parent Beliefs and Attitudes

Programming for Parent Education

Subject Matter for Parent Education

Websites for Parent Education

Home Visits

Websites About Home Visits

Parent-Child Activities

Reading Aloud

Reading Aloud Websites

Family Math


Parent-Child Learning Activities

Parent-Child Activities Websites

Parent Involvement In The Schools

Web Sites for Parent Involvement Information

Section Three – Distance Education-Everything You Always Wanted to Know

Distance Education: The Beginning

How is Distance Education Delivered?

Tools for Collaboration and Communication

How do you know if Distance Education is for you?

Are you a good Distance Education candidate?

Common Characteristics of Distance Learners

On-line Assessment Tools

Why Use Distance Education?

What Distance Education Options are Available to Family Literacy Providers?

Some Distance Education Jargon

Distance Education and Learning Resources



Chapter 7 - Staff Selection and Training

Staff Selection

Even Start Project Director

Even Start Teacher

Even Start Child Educator

Outreach Parenting Instructor

Even Start Local Evaluator

Questions to Guide Self-Study

Program Planning

Physical Plant

Ongoing Professional Development

Family Recruitment/Selection/Orientation

Adult Academic Programs

Parenting Programs

Early Childhood Programs



Chapter 8 - Recruitment and Retention


How to reach potential students

Recruiting Tips



Cultural Barriers

Relationship of the classroom environment to retention

Professional Development


Searchable Databases

Web Sites for Recruitment and Retention



Chapter 9 - Public Relations and Marketing for Family Literacy Programs

Staying Alive

Getting the Word Out

What Others Have Done

Gaining Access to the Media




Chapter 10 - Evaluation

Section One: General Evaluation Information

Standardized and Alternative Assessments

Section Two: General Program Evaluation

Part 1: ABLE

Even Start Personnel Written Survey

Informal Assessment of Reading—Journal Writing

Informal Assessment of Reading—Reading Conferences

Informal Assessment of Reading—Classroom-Based Assessments

Informal Assessment of Writing

Informal Assessment of Math

Surveys/ Interviews for Parents

Part 2 - ECE

Evaluating Emerging Literacy

Galileo Preschool (MAPS)

Infant and Toddler Literacy Development

Emergent Reading: Sense of Story

Emergent Reading: Categories of Storybook Reading

Exploring Concepts about Print

Concepts about Print: Record Sheet

Assessing Phonemic Awareness

Guidelines for Observing Early Writing

Early Writing: Record Sheet

Child’s Progress in Literacy

Teacher Survey

Northwest Even Start Teacher Survey

Observation Sheet

Northwest Even Start: Skills/Concepts Checklist

Part 3—Parenting Education/ PACT

Parenting Education Profile Survey

Parenting Education Profile Survey: Scoring Grid

PEP Documentation Logs

Ohio Survey on Parent Involvement

Lakewood Even Start Parent/School Involvement Questionnaire

Northwest Even Start Parent Survey

Ravenna Even Start Parent Survey

Parental Survey of Child’s Learning

Parent Involvement in Children’s Literacy-Related Activities

Home Visit Log

Home Visit Chart

Even Start Parent – Child Reading Observation (child reads)

Even Start Parent-Child Observation (Parent Reads)

Part 4: Program Evaluation Tools

Feedback on my Even Start Education Classes

Northwest Even Start: Parent Survey

Parent Survey

Achievement of Mission

Even Start Family Literacy Program Improvement Guide

Section Three: Related Reading