Family Learning Program
The home is a child’s first learning environment. A parent or guardian is a child’s first teacher. With this in mind, the 32-week Family Learning Program engages culturally diverse families in their children’s school-learning.
For the 2018-19 school year, the Family Learning Program will be at the following elementary schools: Crestwood, Paul Culley, Jack Dailey, Howard Hollingsworth, Matt Kelly, JT McWilliams, Paradise, Sunrise Acres, Gene Ward, Tom Williams and Wendell P. Williams.
The program provides parents with opportunities to cultivate the skills necessary to help their children learn – including teaching authentic English language skills to parents and how to advocate for and support their children academically – with an aim to decrease the achievement gap.
The Family Learning Program, which lasts the duration of the school year, has four main components:
- Parent Time includes workshops designed to empower parents to be their child’s first teacher.
- Parent and Child Together (PACT) time provides opportunities for parents to shadow their students in their classrooms and learn the same material their children are learning, facilitating learning opportunities as a family at home.
- Family Service Learning offers opportunities for parents and their children to actively participate in service to their community.
- Family Mentoring engages families to help one another and create stronger communities.
At selected sites, for participants who aren’t native English speakers, they also are offered English language acquisition classes through the College of Southern Nevada.