Engaging Families to Increase Children’s Literacy

Research shows that family engagement at home is perhaps the most influential factor affecting literacy and academic outcomes

(Shumow, 2010).

Family engagement at home is one of the most important factors to increasing literacy and academic outcomes. A literacy-rich home – including books in the home, regular reading between parents and children, and discussions with children – predicts language and literacy gains in the early years and early grades.

…shared-reading interventions can have a significant, substantial, and positive impact both on young children’s oral language skills and on young children’s print knowledge. Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel 2008 (p. 155)

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