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The Goodling Institute creates resources to assist programs develop curriculum, activities, and engage in research.

Family Literacy Resources

Summer Programming Resources for Family Literacy Programs

Use this resource to discover new ideas for summer programming.

From scratch: Using AEFLA funds to develop a family literacy program

Use this toolkit to help practitioners develop a well-rounded, intergenerational, four-component family literacy program. Evidence-based strategies, resources, worksheets, and program examples are provided.

Family Literacy Infographic 2021

During Family Literacy Month, we are celebrating states and organizations that provide family Literacy programs throughout the U.S.  This infographic provides results from two surveys sent to state adult education directors and local family literacy programs in 2020. 47 states and134 local organizations participated in these surveys. Data is from 2019

Interactive Literacy Activities Toolkit

The Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) Toolkit is intended to provide guidance and suggestions for implementing ILA in family literacy programs. Included are ideas for in-person, hybrid, take-home, and remote interactive literacy activities.

Dealing with COVID-19 challenges in the virtual classroom - national webinar and resources of remote instruction for family literacy programs, (2020, April)

Family Literacy Indicators of Program Quality

The Goodling Institute adapted and revised indicators of program quality from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education within the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education: Family Literacy Indicators of Program Quality (2002), the Indicators of Program Quality for Adult Basic and Family Literacy Education (2010), and the Indicators of Program Quality (2019). The updated Family Literacy Indicators of Program Quality retain a majority of the indicators from the 2010 and 2019 version, while also going back to the original (2002) language of the Family Literacy indicators. The current version strengthens the language around children and families, while updating and reflecting current best practices and requirements of family literacy programs (i.e., digital literacy).

Be Excited About Reading - BEAR Book Parent-Child Interactive Literacy Activities

~  Parent and child learning together is a cornerstone of family literacy. BEAR Book Activities are family learning activities that help develop young (3 to 5 years of age) readers' language and literacy skills to help them become ready for school.

~  Each family learning activity is based on a child's book and contains Before Reading, Reading Together, and After Reading suggestions that a parent/family member can engage in with their child.

Rosalie's Neighborhood: Let's Smile! A Book about Dental Health 

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.

Practitioner Action Research (PAR) - Pennsylvania Family Literacy

Practitioner Action Research (PAR) is a reflective process of progressive problem solving that helps you to answer the questions you have about issues in your program or practice.  Pennsylvania Family Literacy programs were engaged in this process through the SEQUAL professional development from 2007 until 2011.

Adult Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI) Picture Book List 

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.

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.

Study Circle Guide 

The Goodling Institute was funded to develop and pilot a Study Circle Guide, "Rethinking Instruction and Participation for Adult Basic Education" by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy(NCSALL).

Literature Search Resources

Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education: A review of the literature (2011)

The purpose of this literature review was to provide background information about distance learning (DL) in adult basic education (ABE), specifically to identify program design and policy implications to inform the use of DE for GED® students in rural Pennsylvania.

**Remote Instruction Resources for Family Literacy Programs**

Find online resources to support family literacy. Resources targeted to instructors, adults, and children, as well as lots of resources to engage in interactive literacy activities for parents and children to do together. Updated 2-15-22

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation supports family literacy across the county where children and parents can succeed together.

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

NCFL exists to encourage family engagement as adults and children learn.

National Center on Improving Literacy

The National Center on Improving Literacy is a resource for improving outcomes for students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. There are many resources for parents, families, schools, and districts including Improving Literacy Briefs, current legislation, and a resource depository.

Parent Child Home Program

The Parent Child Home Program uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families.

Pennsylvania Center for the Book - Family Literacy

~  Family Literacy activities were developed in cooperation with the the Pennsylvania Center for the Book. These research-based resources were designed for parents and educators working with parents and young children.

~  Resources include (1) sample integrated lesson plans for Adult Education, Parenting Education, Early Childhood Education, and Interactive Literacy (also known as PACT Time); (2) developmental information guides for parents and practitioners; (3) recommended booklists for children’s books and parent resources; and (4) downloadable activities based on high quality children’s literature.

Pennsylvania Family Literacy Resources 

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

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Learning Lab offers free digital access to more than two million artworks, objects, videos, educational activities, and more from across the Smithsonian. Using the Learning Lab’s authentic resources and innovative tools, parents, teachers, and learners of all ages can make discoveries, create personalized learning experiences, and share their creativity and knowledge with others around the world.

Policy Resources


Adult Education Organizations

Websites to Assist Instructors

  • Commonlit ( – Access tools to develop an effective literacy program, including information for teachers and administrators.

  • EdTech Center - ABE distance learning resource site ( – Find tips and resources for rapidly setting up distance learning opportunities.

  • Edweb ( – Get valuable resources for online learning and collaboration.

  • English classes at ( – Find free online English classes for students and teachers.

  • English Club ( – Help a person either teach or learn English.

  • English learning resource ( – Practice reading and speaking through conversations and passages; applicable for both children and adults. Levels are for beginner and intermediate learners. Readings can be translated into French, Spanish, and Arabic.

  • Google Classroom ( – Use Classroom to make connections easier between learners and instructors. This is ideal for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account.  Classroom helps create classes, distribute assignments, communicate and stay organized.  An instructor can upload Youtube videos of lessons and do live sessions with accompanying assignments.

  • Idd blog ( ) – Consider factors of bandwidth and immediacy as you design online courses. This article provides information about these factors and a graph reflects on the pros and cons of each factor.

  • iSLCollective ( – Discover a collection of ESL worksheets, Powerpoints, and video lessons.

Websites to Assist Learners

Websites for Lesson Planning Content


Websites for Instructors to work with parents

 Website for Families

Websites for Instructors (to review for learners)

  • ¡Colorín coloradoǃ ( – Targets for educators and families of English language learners. Site includes ELL basics, school support, and teaching ELLs. Site available in English and Spanish.
  • CPALMS ( – Use this online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools to help students learn.  This resource is primarily free but requires a login account for non-Florida learners and educators.
  • Khan Academy Kids ( ) – Access free online education on a variety of subjects to help children in school.
  • PBS Learning Media ( – Offers free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans. For pre-K to grade 12.
  • Scholastic Learn at home  ( – Find daily projects for grades pre-K to grade 9. Also includes resources for parents and teachers.
  • Tech & Learning ( – Find remote teaching tips. Provides free e-learning resources for schools.
  • Various Education Companies ( – Find free resources from education companies due to school closures.
  • Special Education
  • Wide Open School ( – Powered by Common Sense Media, this site provides a breadth of information, links, and websites for children pre-K to 5th grade and 6th to 12th grade. The site is geared to both educators and families and covers topics, including get started learning at home, access for all students, field trips, emotional well-being, special needs, virtual classroom setup, reading and writing, get moving, and English language learners.

Websites for Children (parents can do these with their children for Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA)

  • ABC Mouse Early Learning Academy ( – Engage in 30 days of  learning with a curriculum for children ages 2 to 8. Focus is reading, math, science, and art/colors.
  • ( – Provides over 400 fun and educational games for Pre-K through 6th grade. Activities are designed by parents and educators. 
  • Brainfuse Online Tutoring ( – Offers online tutoring for school-age and higher education individuals. There may be a fee for the tutoring.
  • Cool Kid Facts ( – Enjoy this free resource with fun facts on animals, plants, science, geography, and history. For 1st to 8th grade.
  • Cool Math ( – NEW Discover an “amusement park of math and more” where children can play online math games.
  • Grammar and Word Games ( – NEW Play grammar and word games at home to improve language skills such as parts of speech, nouns and pronouns, and punctuation.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! (  - Learn to draw, doodle, and explore new ways of drawing/writing through Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. New episodes each weekday at 1:00 pm ET.
  • PBS Kids ( – Play and learn with activities for children, including TV shows on PBS Kids, as well as skill development (i.e., literacy, science, reading, math, music, creativity), and learning “word of the week” (
  • Prodigy games ( – Engage in fun, curriculum-aligned math activities.
  • Reading Promise ( NEW Engage in a new learning adventure with weekly games, activities, and more!
  • ( – Find free content, curriculum, and tools to assist teaching and learning from kindergarten to grade 12. Great for reading comprehension for adult and child learners.  Daily articles available and are pre-recorded so students can work on comprehension.
  • School House Rock Videos ( – Watch the famous School House Rock videos, including I’m just a Bill, Conjunction Junction, and Multiplication.
  • Sesame Street ( – Access preschool games, videos and coloring pages.
  • Starfall ( –  Access a place to help children learn to read.  Targeted for children preschool to 3rd grade.
  • Special Education
    • Storyline online ( –  Find free videos of narrators reading children’s books aloud. Great for children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
    • Do2Learn ( –  Access free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, through songs and games, communication cards, and academic material, to name a few.
  • Squiggle Park ( – Access reading skill building activities for ages 3 to 8+ or access Dreamscape for grades 2 to 8.
  • Typing Club ( ) – Learn to type for free.

Websites for Instructors

  • Adobe Spark ( – Create pre-recorded videos that are up to 10 minutes long. Videos can include photos and video clips or record a story being read.
  • Boeing & Discover Education Future U ( – Use this website to find tools to inspire students  to collaborate and problem-solve. Go on virtual field trips to explore new places.  Geared to students who are grades 6 to 12.
  • National Center for Families Learning – 30 Days of Families Learning Together ( – Engage in a month’s worth of family literacy activities that help families imagine, play, and learn together. Instructors can help families go through the slides together through the website on the computer or phone.  

Websites for Families

 Additional ILA Resources of museums, zoos, and other fun sites

  • Animals & Zoos – Access information about various zoos and learn about animals and view live animal cams.  A few examples include: