What is Family Literacy?
- Family literacy addresses the multi-faceted problem of low literacy passed from generation to generation
- Family literacy has several components: adult education, out-of-school time programs for children, parenting programs, technological literacy and community outreach
- Through Family Literacy, children improve basic academic and life skills and adults improve life and career skills
- Family Literacy is part of City Gate's holistic approach to ministry
- Monday― Thursday, 10 am― 6 pm
- Adult education with programming in GED preparation and ABE (Adult Basic Education)
- Job training programs in computer literacy and CDA (Child Development Associate Certificate)
- After-school program for children ages 5-13
- Parent education and support
- Outreach activities that provide residents with much needed clothe, food, and household goods
City Gate's goal with Family Literacy is to provide parents and children with multifaceted support that empowers them in school, in the workplace, and in life. Currently, the program at Richardson Dwellings Community Room (NE) includes all family literacy components. At our SE location the parent education program began in fall of 2011, building on previous technological literacy efforts in the nearby Atlantic Gardens learning lab.
In addition to after-school programs that better the lives of children, it is imperative to both educate and empower parents as how best to develop the potential of their children. Through parent support programs, parents are provided assistance on how to do things like effectively help their children with homework and build relationships with DCPS teachers and administrators. The Adult Education for Careers Program (AEC) is a project-based curriculum where participants volunteer for a stipend at City Gate sites, such as Richardson Dwellings, to gain job and career skills. Lastly, our outreach activities provide much need food, clothing, and household items, so families can have safe and nurturing home environments.