Our Parent Partnership program is a comprehensive plan to tackle Houston’s literacy crisis from its core by engaging and educating parents to increase support for their child’s literacy development. Parents are encouraged and provided with Literacy Kits and additional skills to support their child’s learning from birth through high school, as well as to develop a literacy rich home environment.
Workshops are attended by parents of our Reading Intervention and Steps 2 Success program students. Parents connect with one another while participating in fun, free, hands-on activities that can also be used at home to expand learning. Each family chooses a children’s book to add to or begin their home library and also receives a Literacy Kit with materials to replicate activities . Not only do parents learn a variety of ways these materials can be used, but they also learn how their child can get the most benefit from the books they get to borrow each week.
Fun, interactive outreach events that provide materials, education, and activities to encourage reading as a “way of life”. Small group sessions offer support and foster relationship building through a hands-on activities involving reading and writing skills. A parent table containing various resources is also available at each event. Each child is able to choose three books to take home while parents leave equipped with Literacy Kits, as well as additional skills to support literacy development at home.
This program gets age-appropriate books into the hands of children who need them most! Students go home with books that they choose throughout the year to build their home libraries. Reading Intervention students choose one book per month for the duration of the program. Making It Better also provides books for winter break and end-of-year for all students in Reading Intervention, Lunch Bunch, and Steps 2 Success. Students in all programs also receive a backpack with a reading buddy (stuffed animal), school supplies, and activities or workbooks to help beat the Summer Slide.
This program addresses the Houston literacy crisis by promoting literacy development in our youngest children. Classes are held in apartment complexes or other community settings and are open to parents and/or caregivers and their children ages 6 months – 4 years. Classes are filled with fun activities designed to build vocabulary and promote school readiness through the use of songs, movement, storytelling, reading, and art. The importance of reading to your child each day is fostered through our weekly book giveaways and bookmarks with songs learned in class, as well as a monthly newsletter with ways to continue the reading development at home. Trained volunteers meet with parents/children twice each week for 45 min/session, October thru April.