LBUSD’s Family Literacy Program Receives $25,000 Grant

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CSULB and CSUF Receive $525,000 GrantThe National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced today that Long Beach Unified School District’s Long Beach Family Literacy Program is one of 10 programs in the country to receive a $25,000 grant to encourage Hispanic and other families to earn college degrees.

The competitive funding expands the reach of the innovative Family Literacy – Community College Partnership Initiative supported by MetLife Foundation. Long Beach Family Literacy Program and the other nine recipients will use the support to implement plans for outreach to families about going to college, including use of a comprehensive set of interactive, bilingual resources available online.

In partnership with local community-based organizations, Head Start, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, and multiple college partners, Long Beach Family Literacy Program’s project will target 60 low-income Latino families in Long Beach, California.

“With this generous funding, we can strengthen our ability to help families and Latino youth prepare for college and help shift the mind-set from ‘college is too expensive’ to the belief that Latino youth can successfully pursue postsecondary education,” said Roberta Lanterman, Family Literacy Director.

The Long Beach Family Literacy Program will incorporate the En Camino: Herramientas educativas para familias/On Our Way: Educational Toolkit for Families into all program services.

“We need to ensure that more adults are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and that parents are well prepared to inform and nurture the educational aspirations of their children,” said Sharon Darling, president & founder of NCFL. “Efforts serving two generations are best positioned to assist our nation with the ambitious goals of career readiness and college attainment.”

The community partners have planned innovative and practical uses of the initiative’s online resources En Camino: Herramientas educativas para familias/On Our Way: Educational Toolkit for Families, which are available in Spanish and English. These interactive tools provide educational and life-skill activities for families to help them realize their dreams of postsecondary education for children and parents. They are available for free at

“We are pleased to support the National Center for Family Literacy and its leadership in building community partnerships that help families aspire to and achieve a college education,” said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation president and CEO. “The new grants in the Family Literacy – Community College Partnership Initiative support important examples of how community organizations, school districts, community colleges and four-year universities can work collaboratively to increase educational attainment.”

About NCFL:
The National Center for Family Literacy, founded in 1989, is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than 1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit

About MetLife Foundation:
MetLife Foundation is committed to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide, through a focus on empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. In education, it seeks to strengthen public schools through effective teaching and collaborative leadership, and to prepare students for access to and success in higher education, particularly during the crucial first year. The Foundation’s grantmaking is informed by findings from the annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher. More information is available at

About the Long Beach Family Literacy Program
The Long Beach Family Literacy Program has been providing family literacy services to Long Beach families since 1992. Funded by the State of California Even Start Office and First 5 Los Angeles, the Program is a collaborative partnership between the Long Beach Unified School District and the City of Long Beach/Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board. Through comprehensive and integrated services, the Program provides adults and their young children ages 1-8 with the skills and resources necessary to be successful in their education, financially secure, and productive members of their communities, as well as feel empowered to reach their full potential as life long learners. Head Start, the leader in early childhood development, provides the Program’s youngest learners with their educational foundation. The Program is headquartered at the Long Beach School for Adults and operates on three elementary school campuses in Long Beach. For more information about the Long Beach Family Literacy Program, please contact (562) 595-8893 x203.

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