Helping Families Help Each Other Read and Write

What is Family Literacy?

Family literacy is what happens when parents help their children learn to read and write, and what happens when children motivate and help their parents learn to read and write better. Family literacy is what happens when people who love and care about each other help each other to master reading and writing: two essential, but difficult, skills. Family literacy is what happens when we empower parents and children to learn together.

Why don’t we hear more about family literacy? Simply put, because we have outsourced literacy skills development to schools, and for adults, to Adult Basic Education programs. Unfortunately, the results of doing so are not good enough: only 1/3 of Americans can read above an 8th grade level, and only 1/3 of adults who enroll in an ABE program stay long enough to achieve a gain of two grade levels from wherever they started.

Family literacy programs achieve better outcomes by having parents help their children to stick with their education until they are fully literate, and by having children help their parents if they are not yet literate. Learning to read and write well is a long, difficult project – too difficult for most people to complete on their own. When family members continuously push, prod, help and encourage their loved ones to keep at it, they succeed. The payoff is higher wages, better quality of life and a better life for the next generation of family members.


What is the Family Learning Company?

A suite of software products that leverages the natural connections between family members and groups of friends to engage learners in developing reading, writing, social and communications skills.
Over 2,000 learning activities in each language in each product; activities based on research and proven to develop the core literacy skills – phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.
Students receive formative feedback on their progress toward their learning goals every few seconds, after completing every activity and in reports that help them decide where to focus their attention next.
Learners work together to master the activities, increasing their engagement, accelerating their learning and making learning to read more fun.
Family Learning products support learners in their first language and help them transition into their second, following the research on best practice for literacy skills acquisition.
All members of the family can use the activities, and help each other using their activities. When an organization provides a family plan to a family, it belongs to that family. And there is NO expiration; the family can use the literacy activities for as long as they need them.


Request a Conversation or Web Demo today to see how The Family Learning Company’s products can help your students.