Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy

Literacy begins at home. Parents as well as children should have the opportunity to develop their language and literacy skills. Family literacy programs do just that. And, now we can add the resources of the Goodling Institute to help develop more literate families through family literacy programs.

William F. Goodling (1927-2017)
Former Chairman of the Goodling Institute Advisory Board
Former Chairman of the U.S. House and Education Workforce Committee


Mr Goodling Portrait

We are deeply saddened to learn of Bill Goodling's passing. His commitment to family literacy is his strong legacy, and one that we continue to foster in the Penn State College of Education through the work of the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy.  He was chairman of the institute's Board of Advisers, and stayed active and involved until the time of his death. He was a good friend of the College, the institute and those served by the institute. We will miss him.

Statement by:  Dean David H. Monk, 
                       College of Education
                       Penn State University



What is family literacy?

Family literacy programs build on existing resources to provide integrated educational programs to:woman reads book to baby

  • Improve parents' basic academic and literacy skills;

  • Support children's development and emergent literacy skills; and

  • Increase parents' skills and knowledge about their rights and responsibilities as their children's first teachers.

These programs provide integrated literacy services focused on families' educational needs, establish community collaborations that build on existing resources, and offer instruction that provide families with the tools and support needed to become self-sufficient.

Mission Statement

The Goodling Institute provides national leadership that promotes the value of family literacy and supports program improvement through research and its application to practice and professional development.

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Family Pathways Program

Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy