Clymer, C., Kaiper-Marquez, A., & McLean, E. (2022).  Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Family Literacy Programs in Philadelphia:  Lessons from a Multi-Year Evaluation, COABE Journal, 11(2), 102-111.


This article outlines the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy’s findings from a William Penn Foundation–funded multiyear evaluation of four family literacy programs in Philadelphia. Drawing from qualitative research findings from 2019 to 2021, the article details the creative ways in which these programs implemented remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue providing family literacy services to families in Philadelphia. It describes changes in communication between instructors and families and highlights the increased focus on technology, digital literacy, and mental health concerns that occurred during this unprecedented time. The difficulties that programs, instructors, and families faced and the innovative ways they were handled by family literacy programs are also described. Finally, the article draws on these findings to discuss lessons learned from this sudden shift to remote instruction and describes the inventive practices that can be implemented in other adult and family literacy programs. 


The article can be found for purchase in the the COABE Journal - Lessons from the Pandemic: Covid-19