Family Literacy Program 2023

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Family Literacy Program 
The MSU Denver Family Literacy Program (FLP) works to break the cycle of poverty and low literacy by providing intergenerational, unified family literacy services for Metro Denver’s most vulnerable families. Many studies support the notion that parent education and involvement impact students’ success in school. These services are provided free-of-charge in the participants’ neighborhoods and their children’s schools. FLP offers three major program delivery strategies: the home-based Parents as Teachers (PAT), the school-based Families Learning Together (FLT), and GED classes in Spanish and English.

The FLP has expanded from Denver to Adams County locations including Thornton Community Connections, Thornton Middle School, Dupont Elementary in Commerce City as well as classroom space in the unused St. Augustine school building in Brighton.  Before the pandemic, Families Learning Together (FLT) learning centers resided in three sites (STEM Launch in Thornton, Rose Hill in Commerce City and McElwain in Denver). All locations serve low-income immigrant families from host sites, surrounding neighborhoods and schools. 

In 2021-2022 FLP services were offered in a hybrid format as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  The program targets Denver, Brighton (relatively new to FLP Programing and including Lochbuie, Henderson, and Ft. Lupton); Commerce City; as well as the Thornton, Federal Heights, and Northglenn areas.

A number of families live in west Denver’s public housing communities and the vast majority of families receive at least one form of public assistance. Most non-native English-speaking adults, 99 percent of adult participants, have limited education, with varied literacy needs. During the 2021-2022 school year, FLP reached 380 adults and children (including school-based and GED programs) – far fewer participants than in previous years due ongoing pandemic-related challenges.

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FLP reaches families with economic and educational challenges. Parents lack English language skills and typically live well below poverty level, and many children experience scholastic struggles. In neighborhoods served by FLP, students who are not proficient in grade level standards exceed 60 percent. 

This past year, 287 adults and 93 children enrolled in services through the Family Literacy Program; including 106 families in FLT and 47 families in PAT. Help the Family Literacy Program educate more children and adults by supporting our program today! 

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