A History of Success
Over the past twenty-one years, MSU Denver's Family Literacy Program has generated positive results for hundreds of children in Denver's most economically disadvantaged communities. Teachers and principals report increased parent volunteerism, better teacher-parent communication and improved child behavior and attendance. But the true measure of any literacy program is its impact upon the lives of those in need.
Meet Alma. When Alma started with the Family Literacy Program at age three, she was extremely shy and her verbal skills lagged behind those of her peers. Her mother wanted to help her, but stated that she lacked self confidence and wasn't sure how to teach Alma the basic things a child should be learning at this age.
The program has helped Alma and her mother express themselves more effectively and interact more with others. Alma is able to pronounce words more clearly and her mother is now more sure of herself and aware of activities to undertake with her child.
Meet Juan. Before his family joined the Family Literacy Program, 4-year-old Juan rarely spoke; he used only gestures to indicate what he wanted. Although he was in speech therapy, Juan did not appear to be making any progress. The speech therapist said Juan's mother needed to work with him, but she was frustrated and ashamed because she felt that she didn't know how.
After joining the Family Literacy Program and doing daily activities with his mother, Juan began to show progress. After approximately two months, he began to talk and to name objects. Now when the Home Visitor comes, Juan greets her verbally and enthusiastically, and asks about the stickers she brings to the visits.