Family Literacy

In the Literacy area, our vision is to provide parents with the necessary information and skills to become more active and effective participants in the community, the workplace, and in their child's educational development.

There are three basic roles for Head Start's promotion on family literacy:

  • Increasing the HEAD START families' access to materials, activities, and services which are essential to family literacy development.
  • Supporting parents in the role of being their child's first teacher by providing the encouragement through parent education to foster the child's independent success in literacy.
  • Assisting parents as adult learners to recognize and address their own literacy needs.

To increase parent participation in literacy-related activities, our staff provides all or some of the following at the centers they serve:

  • Information on incorporating literacy activities into everyday routines.
  • Family encouragement to use public libraries.
  • Memos of Understanding (Library Agreements) with local libraries.
  • Recommendation on acquiring free or low-cost books.
  • Referrals to literacy programs in the community.

You can find more information about your local library by choosing one of the following: Bentonville (479) 271-3192, Decatur (479) 752-7323, Gentry (479) 736-2054, Gravette (479) 787-6955, Pea Ridge (479) 451-8442, Rogers (479) 621-1152, or Siloam Springs (479) 524-4236, or Other Libraries.