Early Literacy Programs

Helping parents become active partners in their child's education.

The Early Literacy program is a free, interactive parent and child program offered to Arabic-, Spanish-, and Korean-speaking, and African heritage families. This program is available to Fairfax County residents with children age five and under not currently enrolled in kindergarten.

Parents are able to help their children develop essential early literacy skills at home and gain confidence in their own ability to become active partners in their children’s education. The program provides information and resources on how parents can establish a positive home-school connection by:

  • Understanding the important role parents play as their child's first teachers.
  • Recognizing behavioral and academic expectations of Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Becoming familiar with school programs and services such as: interpreters, parent liaisons, health and nutrition services, library services, and enrichment programs, and before and afterschool care.

Instructors, who represent the various languages and cultures of the families, provide a safe and friendly learning environment where parents can gain strategies to enhance learning at home, discuss their concerns, ask questions, and share their experiences. The instructors provide information, demonstrations, resources, and literacy support, as well as the opportunity for parents and children to engage in early literacy activities together.

Parents receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program, as well as books and other materials.

Note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or extended family member.

The program is offered throughout the year at various school and community sites, and in different formats. Some topics covered in these sessions include:

  • Parents as their children's first teachers
  • Sharing family and cultural strengths
  • The role of music, culture, and language in learning
  • Brain development
  • The importance of reading with children
  • Positive discipline and communication
  • Stages of development
  • Health and nutrition

Contact Information

For information about a specific program, contact one of the people below:

Early Literacy Programs
Shannon Anderson
Family Partnership Specialist
703-204-4340

African Heritage Early Literacy Program
Shannon Anderson
703-204-4340

Arabic Early Literacy Program
Gigi Hammoud
703-204-4347

Hispanic Early Literacy Program
Micheline Lavalle
703-204-4345

Korean Early Literacy Program
Michelle Vogel
703-204-4346

Application Form for the Early Literacy Program

Korean Class Schedule

Fall Classes:

Classes that meet on Tuesday and Thursday start October 24, 2017 and meet through December 2017.

Classes that meet on Wednesday and Friday start October 25, 2017 and meet through December 2017.

Spring Classes:

Classes that meet on Tuesday and Thursday start March 7, 2018 and meet through May 2018.

Classes that meet on Wednesday and Friday start March 8, 2018 and meet through May 2018.

Locations Program Days Program Times
Annandale Terrace ES Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Braddock ES Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bull Run ES (in the SACC room) Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bull Run ES (on the stage) Tuesday and Thursday 1 to 3 p.m.
Centreville ES Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Centre Ridge ES Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Colin Powell ES Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Greenbriar East ES Wednesday and Friday 1 to 3 p.m.
International Calvary Church Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Open Door Presbyterian Church Tuesday and Thursday 1 to 3 p.m.
Silverbrook ES Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Springfield Estates ES Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*Changes may occur based on enrollment at each location

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