Family Literacy Resources

Below is a list of resources and general websites for Family Literacy Programs:



This is a parent awareness health literacy unit that provides essential oral health care information for parents of young children.  The curriculum includes a Facilitator's Guide and a Reader's Theater script.

    The annotated bibliography of picture books in children’s literature is a 2009 update by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy for use with the class and take-home activities in Andrea DeBruin-Parecki’s Let’s Read Together: Improving Outcomes with the Adult-Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI).  This book list was developed to support the implementation of the ACIRI in Pennsylvania (PA) family literacy programs.

        Resources for Pennsylvania Family Literacy Programs

        This is a two-page report on the state of family literacy in Pennsylvania that provides evidence to support the need for family literacy.

        Pennsylvania family literacy programs have been involved in PAR (a reflective process of problem solving) to enhance and improve their programs.  Information and resources are available.

        The purpose of this website is to provide family literacy practitioners with the most recent and useful resources in curriculum, publications, professional development and websites.

        • Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans
          These lessons plans are a series of 18 lesson plans that relate to the Foundation Skills Framework of Basic Workplace Skills, Basic Employability Skills, and Basic Workplace Knowledge.  Each of the 18 lessons includes readings and activities for the four components in family literacy:  adult education, early childhood education, parent education, and Interactive Literacy Activities.  The adult education activities relate to the GED skills, and the early childhood activities relate to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.  There are also lessons intended for distance learners.  The Family Literacy Work-Related Lesson Plans were developed by family practitioners and technical assistants.

          PA PIRC provides training and consultation to urban, rural, and suburban communities throughout Pennsylvania.  PA PIRC supports schools in welcoming parents/family members and community representatives as active and effective partners in student achievement (PA PIRC, About PA PIRC, 2012).

          Adult Education/Parenting Websites

          The mission of AAACE is to provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory research, information, and best practices; promoting identify and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives (AAACE, Who We Are, 2011).

          CAELA helps states build their capacity to promote English language learning and academic achievement of adults learning English (CAELA, Homepage, 2012).

          The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization promoting access, equity and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world. (CAL, Homepage, 2015).

          COABE provides leadership, communication, professional development, and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners (COABE, Homepage, 2012).

          The mission of IRA is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.  Members promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit (IRA, About IRA, 2012).

          The NCSALL is dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma.  The research dissemination efforts of NCSALL ended on March 31, 2007, with the end of the federal funding. The research publications, Focus on Basics, training and teaching resources, and other materials continue to be available on the NCSALL website (NCSALL, About NCSALL, 2007).

          LINCS is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources (LINCS, Homepage, 2012).

          OCTAE administers, coordinates programs that are related to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and community colleges (OCTAE, Homepage, 2012).

          Early Childhood/Elementary Websites

          The goal of CELL is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.  This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to fiver years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes (CELL, Homepage, 2011).

                Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish speaking families of English language learners (Colorín Colorado, About Us, 2011).

                Early Childhood Today is a site developed by Scholastic that provides preschool and kindergarten teachers with information related to children's behavior and development, as well as more classroom/community based information such as activities, curriculum, leadership, and the community.

                The Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment (Ele) is an innovative online space where early educators, families, and others who care for young children can come together in a safe environment to find and share digital resources that support early learning and development in children from birth to age 5 (Ele, About, 2012).

                  The mission of RIF is to motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life.  RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8 (RIF, About RIF, 2012).

                        Reading Rockets offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.  The reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators to help struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills (Reading Rockets, Homepage, 2012).