About Us

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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