Parental support initiatives improve literacy of children according to new study

A new study concludes that involving families in literacy programmes is essential to increase the literacy levels of children and adults. The report provides an overview of research and evaluates strategies, policies and initiatives in the field of family literacy, in particular those targeting disadvantaged families. It highlights good practice through case studies of unique and successful initiatives throughout Europe.

The key finding of this report is that family literacy programmes are highly cost-effective, both in improving child literacy and in improving parental support skills.

According to the authors four key factors shape the long-term success of family literacy programmes: funding, programme quality, partnerships, and research-based evidence of success.

Child literacy strategies should include a family literacy component. According to the authors of the study ‘parents have an active role to play in supporting their children’s’ learning and development and the home environment is crucial’.

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