Family Literacy

Program Goals

Family Literacy supports parents in their role as their child’s first teacher by providing parents with literacy training and children with early development skill building, including language skills.  The program goals are as follows:                                                                            

  • Prepare children for success in school                                                                                                           
  • Provide opportunities for interactive literacy activities between children and parents      
  • Provide literacy training for parents as a first step to economic self-sufficiency
  • Provide parents with the skills needed for effective participation in their child's education

 What is the Hope Street Family Literacy Program? 

In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Abram Friedman Occupational Center, Hope Street offers high-quality early childhood education for children; ESL, parenting education and adult education instruction for parents; and interative literacy activities for both parents and children together.  All services are provided at no cost to families.

Early Childhood Education:  Our skilled teaching staff and enriched early care and education classrooms foster early literacy and language development to help children acquire the skills needed for school success.

Parenting Education:  Parenting classes and in-home services help parents learn new strategies for effective parenting.  Parents are mentored in their role as their child's first teacher, acquireing skills that help them support their child's social, emotional, and educational growth.

Parent and Child Interactive Literacy Activities (PCILA):  During PCILA, parents spend time with their children in guided literacy activities.  PCILA affords parents an opportunity to practice parenting skills and helps reinforce children's early literacy skills through reading aloud, singing, and storytelling.  Parents also learn about simple activities that they can do at home to support their child's development.

Adult Education:  Parents participate in daily adult education classes that include multi-level English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, adult basic education (ABE), and GED instruction.  Career technology education (CTE) in a variety of trades and occupations is available at Abram Friedman Occupational Center.  All courses are provided by credentialed instructors.

Who is eligible for Family Literacy Services?

The Hope Street Family Literacy program provides servies to families with children from birth to age 7.  To be eligible for services families must:

* Live in downtown and central Los Angeles

* Meet the federal poverty guidelines

* Have a parent with limited English proficiency and seeking ESL instruction OR have a parent without a high school diploma or its equivalent seeking to improve basic educational skills

Families must be willing to participate in all four program components, Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.  Monthly attendance must be maintained at a minimum of 70% in order to remain in the program.