Family Literacy

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)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Talking is Teaching allows users to download themed content bundles with curated resources for parents and caregivers including book recommendations, posters, and parent tip sheets.

Educational Opportunities and Tools

  • ACIRI Scoring Job Aid helps you to reground yourself in how to complete the ACIRI inventory
  • Changing the Course of Family Literacy – January 2017 Goodling Institute policy paper update
  • ELAP/LAP3 Scoring Job Aid offers a refresher on how to calculate ceiling score, basal score, and developmental age
  • PALS Pre-K and PPVT Implementation Job Aid reviews two reading readiness screening tools for entering Kindergartners
  • Understanding Autism Professional Development Curriculum works in settings including staff meetings as well as self-study
  • Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III)
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Scale for Pre-Kindergarten (PALS Pre-K)
  • Family-Centered Coaching – Developed with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Family-Centered Coaching is a set of strategies, tools, and resources that help human service organizations reinvent how they engage with, and help, families that are experiencing poverty. Rooted in an understanding of the institutional forces that prevent families from moving forward, Family-Centered Coaching equips staff with the mindset, tools, and skills to work with families holistically towards financial wellness. An open-source toolkit is available.
  • Developing Early Literacy Report – The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) was convened in 2002 to conduct a synthesis of the scientific research on the development of early literacy skills in children ages zero to five. The National Institute for Literacy (Institute) funded the panel’s work in consultation with the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), working closely with the Institute, coordinated NELP’s work in the completion of the synthesis. The panel’s primary purpose was to synthesize research to contribute to decisions in educational policy and practice that affect early literacy development and to determine how teachers and families could support young children’s language and literacy development. In addition, this evidence would be a key factor in the creation of literacy-specific materials for parents and teachers and staff development for early childhood educators and family-literacy practitioners. Read the Developing Early Literacy Report and Summary and NELP Predictors Overview.


General Websites

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • Fred Rogers Center features videos, e-books, games, music and other interactive tools that support early literacy (ECE)
  • PNC Grow Up Great is a bilingual initiative to help prepare children for success in school and life (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)
  • 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)

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