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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Call the listed school contact to see if there is space in the class.
- If there is space, you are welcome to attend the class.The ESOL teacher will register you.
- 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|
|Braddock ES||September 24, 2018 - December 19, 2018|
|Brookfield ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Bucknell ES||September 24, 2018 - December 19, 2018|
|Centre Ridge ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Dogwood ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Emmanuel Baptist Church||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Glen Forest ES||September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018|
|Graham Road Community Building||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Heritage Center||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Herndon ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Hutchinson ES||September 5, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Lynbrook ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|
|Parklawn ES||September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018|
|Sacramento Center||September 24, 2018 - December 17, 2018|
|Westlawn ES||September 25, 2018 - December 20, 2018|