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News Report - Family Literacy Month: Avoiding the "Coronavirus Slide"

 News Report - Family Literacy Month: Avoiding the "Coronavirus Slide"

The Center for Literacy recently (November 12, 2020) was part of a nationwide NBC news report, "Family Literacy Month: Avoiding the Coronavirus Slide".  The Center for Literacy is one of our William Penn Foundation Family Literacy Initiative grantees.  The Goodling Institute is providing technical assistance to and conducting the evaluation of the Family Literacy Initiative grantees.

The NBC report features the Center for Literacy's ESL (English as a Second Language) program students, Lamia, and her daughter, Lyna (age 9), and their instructor Mary Wilson.

Along with the Center for Literacy, the Goodling Institute is proud of our learners - and instructors!!

Excerpts from the NBC news report:
 
The COVID-19 pandemic may be negatively impacting the reading skills of children, especially young readers at a critical time: kindergarten through second grade.
 
Lyna, 9, and mother often read together. More so now that they've joined the Family Literacy Program at Philadelphia's Center for Literacy.
 
"Reading is the basis," says mom Lamia. "When you know how to read, you will use it, I will use it all of their life."
 
Experts say reading to and with your children is crucial.
 
"This helps build habits and routines that enhance children's ability to read, as well as supports their literacy development," explains Mary Wilson of the Center for Literacy.
 
A 2017 study found less than 40 percent of 4th graders were reading at a "proficient level" and the pandemic is threatening to further lower that rate.