We spend a lot of time here on our blog talking about light & fun topics like holiday decor, sweet treats, and camping tips! Today, we’re taking a bit of a detour because we think this issue is too important to ignore. Many of us take our ability to read for granted. It’s like being able to breathe or speak - it just happens. Unfortunately, illiteracy is a very serious issue in our country.
Statistics show that over 30 million adults in America are considered to be illiterate - that’s over 1/8 of the entire adult population that cannot read.
So, since November is National Family Literacy Month, we are shedding some light on this issue, why it is so important, and what you can do to help, or get help!
What is family literacy?
Family literacy programs use a family-focused approach to education, increasing the skills of both the parents and the children; it’s the wonderful idea of parents and their children engaged in learning together! It encourages parents to prioritize their own education so they can be more involved in in their children’s learning and literacy.
There are three basic components to a family literacy program: adult education (such as reading, writing, GED and ESL programs), parenting education (which helps families participate in their children’s education), and early childhood education (for preschoolers).
How can you help or get help?
You can donate to ProLiteracy here to support awareness and advocacy programs. "The National Center for Families Learning’s mission is to address our nation's literacy challenges by engaging all family members in learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty."
To help you celebrate National Family Literacy Month, click here to view the National Center for Families Learning’s most-popular educational tools and resources designed to help families, educators, community leaders, and librarians facilitate two-generation learning.