Family Literacy

The Family Literacy program supports residents with limited English skills, building literacy and community connections for students and their families.

About the Family Literacy Program

  • Empowers families of FCPS students by improving essential life skills and English language abilities.
  • Builds a necessary social network that increases the confidence of each student, allowing them to engage in new volunteer and student advocacy experiences.
  • Supports efforts of family members to become active and knowledgeable about their children’s school and community.
  • Provides a preschool environment for children ages 3-5. Teachers and families work with preschoolers to acquire early literacy skills needed in kindergarten.
  • Provides child enrichment activities for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers and families work with students to support learning.

Benefits

  • Increases their communication skills, allowing more effective interaction among family members, teachers, school staff members, and in the community.
  • Creates a connection between school resources and families.
  • Improves volunteerism in school activities and ignites interest in taking on leadership roles.
  • Gives families the tools to implement positive practices in the home that support learning.

Eligibility

Fairfax County residents with limited English skills are eligible to participate in Family Literacy. Programs are offered at various school sites within the county. Students attending evening programs are encouraged to bring their children currently enrolled in grades K-6. Students attending daytime programs are encouraged to bring their children, ages 3-5, who are not currently enrolled in a preschool class. The Family Literacy program focuses on supporting the whole family. Including children is very important as it fosters strong family ties and builds literacy skills for everyone.

Contact

Micheline Lavalle, Family Literacy Specialist: MBLavalle@fcps.edu
Natalia Sosa Molina, Family Literacy Program Support: ensosamolina@fcps.edu

Register

The Family Literacy program is offered in two semesters of 12 weeks each. The fall semester runs from the end of September until mid-December, while the spring semester runs from late January or early February through April. Registration takes place in the fall and winter. However, students may register anytime, provided that there is space in the class. Students who register in the fall do not need to register for the spring session. Even though the program is offered in two semesters, the expectation is that students will attend the whole year.

Registration Guidelines

You must reside in Fairfax County to register for the Family Literacy program. Please check the site chart below to determine your closest program location. To register:

  1. Call the listed school contact to see if there is space in the class.
  2. If there is space, you are welcome to attend the class.The ESOL teacher will register you. 
  3. If you are attending a morning class, the expectation is that you bring your preschool age children (three to five years) to the program. If you are attending evening classes, the expectation is that you come with your elementary school age children (Kindergarten – 6th grade). The Family Literacy program focuses on supporting the whole family.
School Program Dates School Contact
Baileys ES September 28, 2018 - December 21, 2018

Maria Demarest

703-575-6938

Braddock ES September 24, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Jakelin Lake

703-914-7300

Brookfield ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Raquel Francese

703-814-8713

Bucknell ES September 24, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Marcia St-John Cumming

703-981-5979

Centre Ridge ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Maria Pierri

703-227-2600

Dogwood ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Maria Isaza

703-262-3108

Emmanuel Baptist Church September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Micheline Lavalle

571-423-4654

Glen Forest ES September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018

Aida Joranko

703-578-8010

Graham Road Community Building September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Jacqueline Camargo

571-619-2800

Heritage Center September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Robyn Fernandez

703-641-8205

Herndon ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Raquel Snyder

703-326-3100

Hutchinson ES September 5, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Maria Michlik

703-925-8329

Lynbrook ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Maggie Perez Rives

703-866-2954

Parklawn ES September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018

Afifa Bolte

703-914-6900

Sacramento Center September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018

Micheline Lavalle

571-423-4654

Westlawn ES September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Hilda Reyes

703-241-5100

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