Family Literacy

Resources for parenting education, early childhood education, and interactive literacy activities (ILA)

The Family Literacy Consultation Project provides support to family literacy programs as they implement the four components of family literacy: adult education, parenting education, early childhood education, and interactive literacy activities (ILA). Family Literacy consultants are available to provide professional development for family literacy staff through site visits, webinar meetings, and customized technical assistance.

Rose Gioia Fine
Support for programs in the west

724-986-6026
rgioia.fine@tiu11.org

Donna Dencler
Support for programs in the east

717-450-1524 or 717-450-1525
donna_dencler@iu13.org

Family Literacy Resources

Activities and Lessons

General Websites

Adult Education (AE)

  • ReadWorks provides free lessons and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literacy passages directly to educators (AE)
  • This Day in History provides a wealth of short videos of speeches, audio recordings, and descriptions of events in history (AE)
  • Wonderopolis is a place where wonder and learning are nurtured through the power of discovery (AE)

Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) and Parent Education (PE)

  • ReadWriteThink offers free practices materials in reading and language arts (ILA, PE & AE)
  • A Day at Dollar General is online interactive game for both children and parents to learn basic budgeting skills (ILA, PE)
  • Financial Fitness curriculum goes hand-in-hand with the Family Focused Finances Curriculum (ILA)
  • Foto Novelas offers graphic novels for Spanish-speaking families to improve their English (ILA, PE)
  • On Our Way is a toolkit that contains learning modules and resources for Spanish-speaking families (ILA, PE)
  • PA Center for the Book – Baker’s Dozen includes lesson plans centered on a children’s book chosen for family literacy (ILA, PE)
  • PA Parent Portal has engaging interactive distance lessons (ILA, PE)
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) offers phonological awareness activities based on skill (ECE, PE)
  • Vroom has tools and activities to help build young children’s brains (ILA, PE)
Educational Opportunities and Tools
Websites

General Websites

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) and Parent Education (PE)

  • Be a Learning Hero partners with trusted experts bringing you the best resources to help your child succeed in school (ILA, PE)
  • Parent Toolkit App is designed to help you to navigate your child’s growth and development from Pre-K through 12th grade (PE)
  • PBS Kids has resources and multimedia activities for parents and children focusing on school readiness and learning (ILA, PE)
  • Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children has activities, books and songs for children from birth to Kindergarten (ILA, PE)
  • Physical Activity Newsletters has family focused physical activities developed by TIU11 for the statewide Keystone Kids Go! (ILA, PE)
  • Reading Rockets has recommended resources for Family Literacy (ILA, PE)
  • Zero to Three has resource for parents and professionals working with families of children ages birth to three (ILA, PE)