The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s mission is to educate adults. Many adults are parents, so it follows that the Family Learning Program is a critical component of our service delivery. Currently, we offer six Family Learning classes throughout Fairfax County, including a brand new class at our new satellite location Connections for Hope in Herndon. Our Family Learning serves parents and their grade school children, ages 2-12. The FLP curriculum focuses on the acquisition of life skills key to the success of low-income, disadvantaged, foreign-born parents. The curricular topics are: Civics, Community and Schools; Finances and Employment; and Health and Nutrition. The parents’ children study similar lesson plans and receive homework help in a separate but nearby classroom. Classes are offered at both morning and evening time slots to accommodate families’ complicated schedules. To volunteer or promote our family learning program to a family in need, please call 703-237-0866 or visit our Family Learning Programs website.
LCNV has declared the month of March as our time to promote our Family Learning Program. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd, as is the celebration of National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, an event promoting reading for kids of all ages. The Literacy Council hosts its own celebration of reading on Saturday, March 20th at our Reading: A Family Affair, where we bring books to life through the performing arts, story telling, songs, and technology. Sponsored by Verizon, and hosted in partnership with the James Lee Community Center, Reading: A Family Affair is a free, family, fun-filled event to promote reading and learning activities. I hope you will come join us on March 20th to experience the energy and enthusiasm that grows from reading and learning as a family. For more information visit the Literacy Council’s website.
~Patti Donnelly, Executive Director