Early Literacy Programs

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

School readiness is the key to student success and parent empowerment. The Early Literacy Programs are entirely FREE for Fairfax County residents. These interactive parenting programs were developed for parents of children from birth to five that promote essential early literacy skills pertinent for student success. The program helps to build confidence in parents as their child's first teacher and increases the capacity to become active partners in their child's education.

Children participate in fun "school-like" experiences using a 37 topic curriculum that is aligned with evidence based instruction. Classes meet 2 times per week and are taught in the parent's home language or English by trained instructors.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • brain development
  • developmental stages
  • importance of routines
  • effective discipline strategies
  • the importance of play and music

Instructors provide information, demonstrations, resources, and literacy support as well as the opportunity for parents and children to engage in early literacy activities together. Our Early Literacy programs are available in African-Heritage/English, Arabic/English, Spanish, and Korean.

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

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