Even Start Family Literacy Partnerships for L.I.F.E.

The Even Start Family Literacy Partnerships for L.I.F.E. (Literacy is a Family Effort) is a collaboration between the Madison-Oneida BOCES and the Welcome Hall Community Center. Its target population is 50 families, including a minimum of 50 adults and approximately 80 to 100 children under the age of eight. The program serves the public school districts of Camden, Canastota, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, Oneida, Stockbridge, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, and Rome. It also serves two private schools. Center-based services are provided at four sites, while flexible and accommodating home-based services are provided weekly for enrolled families. 

Twelve program staff, including a project coordinator and five full-time family educators, provide services. Of the multiple options from which to choose, the activity described below is one way this particular program engages in staff development:

The coordinator reviews an article of interest, such as recent research related to family literacy. Staff members receive a copy of the article to read. After reading and reflecting on the article, staff members complete the items listed below. A subsequent staff meeting is dedicated to discussing the article and staff responses to the questions.

Article name:
Population referred to in the article:
Three key points of the article:
Implications for your work:
Two strategies you can use immediately:

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