Family Literacy Program celebrates Toyota’s investment in Long Beach

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Participants from Chavez Elementary School represent 20 of the 60 families enrolled in the Family Literacy Program.

June 11, 2010 marked the end of the second year of Toyota’s three-year investment in Long Beach, in family literacy, and in local families with children ages 5 – 8 attending King, Chavez, and McKinley Elementary Schools.  “It is critical that parents understand and recognize the importance of family literacy and the research that supports this intergenerational learning program”, shared Roberta Lanterman, Family Literacy Program Director.  “When we take the time to stand back and provide the families with a chance to come together and learn, they grow together, creating the cohesiveness that lends strength to a community-based program.  Although the program is operated on four District campuses, we are one program with one mission – to provide family literacy services that enrich and empower the lives of local families.”

On Friday, June 11, 60 Long Beach families celebrated the end of year two of their three-year commitment to family literacy at King Elementary School located at 145 E. Artesia Blvd.  Families enrolled in the Toyota Family Literacy Program got together to celebrate their accomplishments, watch student performances, and listened to student speakers about the gains they have made this year and the impact family literacy had on transforming two generations simultaneously. “For families participating in family literacy programs, the gains are tremendous – parents excel with their adult education endeavors, children are supported in their classrooms, and parents learn invaluable skills associated with supporting their child’s language and literacy development – a key factor in long-term school success,” stated Matt Saldaña, Long Beach School for Adults Principal.

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 Toyota, 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 Network.  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.  For more information about the Long Beach Family Literacy Program, please contact (562) 595-8893 x264.

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