Early Literacy Research Library (ELRL) - Article

Knowledge to Support Early Educators and Elementary School Teachers’ Engagement in Family Literacy and Family Literacy Programs

Lynch, J., Prins, E. (2023) Knowledge to Support Early Educators and Elementary School Teachers' Engagement in Family Literacy and Family Literacy Programs. The Reading Teacher, 0(0), 1-9. ,

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study description


core topic(s)

Early Literacy

Population Characteristics

Poverty/Low-Income , Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Exposures, Outcomes, Other

Implementation and Evaluation , Programs and Interventions (other) , School Readiness and Educational Outcomes


In this article, we describe aspects of successful family literacy programs, including attention to the diversity of families.


Family literacy programs

outcomes evaluated

Definitions, aspects of successful programs, future directions for research


Topics Discussed: Evolving Definitions [Literacy; Families and Family Literacy]; Family Literacy Programs [Models and Practice Settings; Literacy Areas and Activities; Program Outcomes; Program Design]; Some Critical Aspects to Consider in Family Literacy Research and Programs [Family Cultural Diversity; Families from Low-Income Backgrounds]




We begin with an overview of the changing definitions of literacy and common structures of family literacy programs and complete this review with areas for further research in family literacy.


Family literacy programs can be effective for supporting the literacy learning of both parents and children. Educators and community members can be constructive in establishing family literacy programs in their school and in the community. Having knowledge of successful family literacy programs is important for both initiating and continuing with family literacy engagement.


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